Suspicious man appears at construction job site, claims to be electrician

Police say man matching description also attempted to steal wire from Menards

Published On: Dec 19 2012 01:23:12 PM CST

Police said a suspicious person in a white hard hat was reported at a construction site on University Avenue earlier this month.

At about 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 7, a construction worker on a project at Cress Funeral Home told police an unknown man wearing a hard hat came to the job site and was surveying electrical wiring.

When confronted, the man told the construction worker he was an electrician but did not produce any identification. He told the worker his name was Tom Schmidt.

Police said the suspicious man was white, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and in his 50s. The report noted he was of average build and wore the white hard hat, jeans, a dark hooded sweatshirt with an emblem on the left side and white tennis shoes. He left the University site in a green Chrysler convertible with a tan top, police said.

According to the report, Madison police received a report of a man who tried to steal copper wiring from the West side Menards just prior to the man's appearance at the funeral home site.

The suspect in the earlier attempted-theft report matched the description and was driving the same vehicle as the man described at the University Avenue site, police added.