MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – A partially open garage door was all that several young men needed to break into a Madison home on Wednesday night.
According to the police report, the owner told investigators he left the garage door at his home in the 9400 block of Spirit St., about a quarter of the open road. He explained to them that he heard the door open the rest of the way shortly before midnight and that he had gone to check it out.
He said he saw the four suspects, who were wearing dark hoodies at the time, flee the garage. One of them, he said, pointed a handgun at the owner as he took off. The quartet ran to a waiting vehicle to escape.
The resident told police that nothing was stolen during the encounter.
Less than half an hour later, police received a second call from a house just three blocks away about another burglary attempt in which anyone who broke into the house was walked through the garage door.
Two cars were searched, MPD said, but only one thing was reported: a garage door opener.
Investigators are not sure what time the burglary occurred, but due to the proximity of the two homes, they suspect the two incidents are linked.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 608-255-2345 or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.
In addition to reminding everyone to lock their car doors and their home doors, the police department offered the following recommendations:
- Keep your garage door closed and make sure it is closed at night.
- Make sure your car doors and all doors in your home are locked.
- Leave the exterior house lights on at night or use motion detection lights.
- Keep valuables in your garage, car, and home out of sight.
- It is better to remove valuables from your car than to hide them. This includes garage door openers and spare keys.
- Immediately report any criminal and suspicious activity.
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