Loaded gun found in stolen car that crashed near west side movie theater; 5 teens arrested

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police say they found a loaded handgun inside of a stolen vehicle after it crashed near a west side movie theater Wednesday night.

Officers responded to the area shortly after 6 p.m. after getting a report of a single-vehicle rollover crash on the Beltline at Mineral Point Road, near the Marcus Point Cinema located on Big Sky Drive. Witnesses in the area reported seeing five people running from the vehicle after the crash.

Video submitted to News 3 Now also shows five people jumping a fence near where the car rolled.

Police said the people in the car made their way to the movie theater where they bought tickets to look like customers. Officers with the Madison Police Department evacuated the theater in response and later sent in a SWAT team to search the building.

The SWAT team used an interior drone to help find the teens, Assistant Police Chief Brian Austin said.

“Given the size of the theater yesterday, given the fact that there was kind of a screen blocking our view of these people, it was determined that it would be a good idea and safer to send the drone in,” he said.

All five individuals were found hiding behind a theater screen and were taken into custody without incident, officials said. Police said none of the teens were armed at the time.

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Four of the five suspects were between the ages of 14 and 16 years old. The fifth individual was 17.

Authorities said they’re investigating if any of the teens were connected to a shots fired incident on Reetz Road reported earlier on Wednesday.

MPD’s investigation is ongoing.