Belongings taken from the purse of a 34-year-old Middleton woman were recovered after bar employees used video to identify two thieves who had targeted the unattended purse Saturday night, according to Madison police.
The staff at Whiskey Jacks Saloon at 552 State St. reviewed surveillance video after a woman said she placed her purse on a bar stool and turned her back to it to talk with friends. They told police they identified two thieves. One man was in the bar and one was leaving the bar.
Employees said they chased, caught, and held the man who was leaving the bar until police arrived. They told police the man had the woman’s phone, credit cards and cash.
Police said the purse was found inside the bar.
An employee helped an officer detain the second man inside the bar when the man tried to run, according to police.
Police said the video showed the two men were working together.
Edinson German Rosconi Soarez, 31, of Fitchburg, was arrested on suspicion of theft and Alvaro A. Lema Mosegue, 32, of Stoughton was cited on suspicion of resisting an officer.