A Mount Horeb woman's car was stolen Thursday night on the Beltline in what police are calling a “bump-and-run” carjacking.
Police were called to the Beltline near South Park Street at 11:25 p.m. after the 32-year-old woman walked to a nearby restaurant to ask for help.
The woman told police she was driving west on the Beltline when a SUV began tailgating her. The driver of the SUV eventually rear-ended her car, prompting her to pull over near the South Park Street exit, with the SUV pulling in behind her.
She said three men got out and one yelled at the woman and told her to take a look at the damage to the front bumper of the SUV. The woman said she was going back to her car to call police for help when one of the men pushed past her, got in the driver’s seat and drove away. At the same time, the other two men got back into their SUV and sped away, police said.
Milwaukee police later reported that the car was used in an armed robbery at a Walgreens in Milwaukee.
Madison police said Milwaukee has seen similar crimes, but such activity is new to Madison.
"This is the first time we believe it has taken place here," MPD spokesman Joel Despain said. "If you take a look over in Milwaukee and doing a quick Google search it looks like they've had a number of these so called bump-and-run car jackings, but it is the first one we've seen in Madison to anyone's memory."
Despain said any motorists who doesn't feel right about a situation should sit tight.
"We would recommend that if things don't feel right, don't get out of the car. Lock the doors and call 9-1-1. Get police there right away."
One of the three men is described as black, in his 20s, 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a heavy build and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with the hood up. Another man is described as in his early 20s, 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a slender build, short dreadlocks and a tattoo on the right side of his neck. The third man is described as black, in his early 20s, with an average build.