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Incident: Burglary and Vehicle Theft
Incident #: FP19-0020459
Location: 3000 block of Portarligton Lane
Incident Date: 12/24/19
Date of Release: 12/24/19
Release By: Lt. Edward Hartwick
Just after 6 a.m. this morning, Tuesday December 24, 2019, Fitchburg officers responded to a home in the 3000 block of Portarligton Lane for a burglary. Investigating officers learned sometime between 2 and 3 a.m., a suspect, or suspects, entered the home through an unlocked entry door that was easily accessible when the overhead garage door had been inadvertently left open. Once inside the house, the suspect(s) took a key fob and a purse. The suspect(s) drove off in a vehicle that had been parked in the garage.
Officers worked with the homeowner to activate a vehicle manufacturer installed GPS system. A short time later, with the assistance of the GPS tracking system, officers determined the vehicle was at the 7-Eleven on Park Street. Officers from the Town of Madison Police Department found the stolen vehicle at 7-Eleven and arrested an eighteen-year-old male occupant. A male juvenile ran from the vehicle and was not apprehended.
Fitchburg officers are following-up on evidence related to the identity of the juvenile who fled. Because this is an open investigation, no further information is available for public release at this time.
We ask homeowners, especially those in the area of Portarligton Lane, to check home video surveillance systems for suspicious activity from this morning or last night. If you believe you have any pertinent video footage please call our department, (608)270-4300, to speak with an officer.
This incident underscores the importance of simple crime prevention steps. While we understand oversights may occur, we strongly encourage residents to: