Police: Mother, son involved in shoplifting

Man suspected in 2 theft cases

MADISON, Wis. - A mother and son from Stoughton were involved in a shoplifting case at a retailer on Madison's west side, according to Madison police.

Police said Lonye D. Howell, 21, was spotted cutting the security tag off a pair of shoes and tucking them in his waistband at Kohl's on West Towne Way on Monday afternoon. A security guard had already contacted police because a group of private security workers had been watching Howell.

A Madison police officer was in the parking lot watching from a distance when Howell ran out of the store with security workers chasing him, according to police.

The officer said he spotted a woman in a car attempting to pick up Howell.

Police said Staci C. Howell, 40, admitted to trying to get her son in the car so he could escape. A wire cutter and other tools were found in Lonye Howell's pockets, according to police.

Lonye Howell was arrested on suspicion of two counts each of theft and bail jumping. Police said he's suspected in the May 9 theft of a portable sound system at the Target on Lien Road.

Staci Howell was cited on suspicion of obstructing.

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