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Money litters path following robbery

Twenty dollar bills littered the ground Friday afternoon on the Starkweather Creek bike path near Oak Street in Madison while another incident on the city’s east side resulted in the theft of an unknown amount of money and bus passes.

Bike path theft

Around noon April 2, a man carrying $800 in cash he had withdrawn from the bank dropped the envelope containing his withdrawal and the twenty dollar bills scattered in the wind, according to an incident report.


While attempting to recover the bills, a teenager appeared on scene and also began collecting the money. The teenager returned one twenty dollar bill to the man but kept the others he found. The teenager left for a moment and returned with friends.

“The first teenager returned with four to five others,” Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said.

The police report noted the original suspect’s accomplices also began collecting the bills.

The victim told police one of the teenagers slapped his hand while holding the money he had already collected, causing him to drop the bills yet again.

“[The victim] said he was missing $740,” DeSpain said.

An investigating officer recovered two more bills at the scene and returned them to the victim, marking the victim’s recovery at $60.

The suspect is a 16 or 17-year-old black male with short hair, wearing a white and green basketball jersey, said the incident report.

Tobacco Deals theft

In another incident Friday evening, Tobacco Deals on Madison’s east side was the scene of a theft, an MPD incident report said.

Two men entered the store and while the clerk was assisting one man, the other was left near the front counter and allegedly stole money and Madison Metro bus passes from the cash drawer, the report said.

The police department did not disclose the amount of money stolen, though DeSpain said between 500 and 600 bus passes were stolen.

Madison Metro sells bus passes at 48 outlets in the Madison area.

“Each Metro sales outlet signs an agreement for lost or stolen passes,” said Madison Metro spokesperson Mick Rusch.

He said 31-day passes can be deactivated if reported stolen.

One suspect is described in the incident report as a 30-40 year old black male wearing a brown and red short-sleeve button-down shirt and a blue Milwaukee Brewers hat worn backwards. The other is described as a 50-year-old black male wearing a plaid short-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and a dark baseball cap.

When someone grabs something from the till it is classified as “till-tapping” or theft, said DeSpain. He also said the police have seen a number of till-tappings this year, but would not necessarily constitute a rash of the crimes.

DeSpain said a link between these types of crimes and the economy is a possibility.

The thefts were two of four reported to Madison Police on Friday throughout the city. None of the crimes appear to be related.

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