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Phone tracking software leads to burglary arrest

Man tracks girlfriend's phone, confronts suspect

MADISON, Wis. - A Madison man used cellphone tracking software to help police find a man arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Police said the 35-year-old man started tracking his 19-year-old girlfriend's smart phone after it was taken from a business at 208 State Street at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.  The woman was working at the store, and the burglar also took an iPod and cash from a back office, police said.

Police said the tracking software led the man to James Madison Park where he called his girlfriend's phone and confronted a man who had a phone that started ringing.  The man with the phone gave it back, along with the iPod, but denied having any stolen cash, police said.  He opened his wallet to prove it and showed the man his ID, according to police.

The boyfriend then called police while the man left on a bicycle.

Police said they found Berry, B. Banks, 51, near 30 West Mifflin Street and arrested him on suspicion of burglary.

Police said they found Banks in possession of many items, including several bicycle lights and cellphones.

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