Snowboarding gear deal turns into return of stolen goods

Police: Man buys boards, bag from stranger, discovers items stolen in overnight burglary

Published On: Jan 23 2014 01:25:54 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 23 2014 01:27:04 PM CST

Police said a man bought snowboarding equipment from a stranger on Madison's east side Wednesday that turned out to be stolen. 

The Madison Police Department said a 38-year-old Sun Prairie man was leaving work at about 6 a.m. near East Washington Avenue discussing snowboarding with a man he didn't know. The stranger was parked behind the Sun Prairie man and offered to sell him two snowboards, some boots and other equipment in a bag in his vehicle.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the Sun Prairie man bought the equipment for $150 but noticed a name tag on the bag when he got home.

The Sun Prairie man called the number on the tag and found out a 32-year-old east side Madison man had been burglarized Tuesday night and the snowboarding gear was stolen. The 32-year-old told police he'd forgotten to lock his garage door at his home on the 5100 block of Oak Valley Drive.

The Sun Prairie man made arrangements to return the equipment, police said. 

"He wasn't looking for compensation," DeSpain said. "He just wanted to do the right thing."

The man selling the equipment was described as black, 6 feet tall with a medium build, police said. He was driving a red car.