Madison police said a distinctive neck tattoo and an abandoned Cadillac led officers to a man suspected of stealing a woman's wallet.
Police said Jason A. Natcone, 37, of Madison, is accused of stealing a 58-year-old Madison woman's wallet Sunday afternoon.
The wallet was left inside her car while she was socializing inside the South Bay Lounge at 5404 Raywood Rd.
A witness saw a man with an Asian tattoo on his neck take something from the victim's car and then speed away in a white Cadillac about 2:40 p.m. Sunday, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.
Police said the car was found a short time later, damaged, steaming and empty alongside the West Beltline Highway near Rimrock Road. The keys were in the ignition and the Cadillac had significant front-end damage. In plain view, inside the car, was a debit card belonging to the victim, police said.
Police said it wasn't clear how the car was damaged, but early the next morning Natcone showed up at Schmidt's towing with hopes of getting it back.
The car wasn't released because he wasn't the registered owner. An investigating officer found a law enforcement photo of the man, who had come to retrieve the Cadillac, and observed what appeared to be "a Japanese or Chinese symbol tattooed on the side of his neck," according to the police report.
The officer went to an address where the suspect has been living and took him into custody, despite the suspect's pronouncements of innocence.
Police said Natcone was arrested Wednesday on a theft charge.