Madison police make arrest in countywide string of burglaries

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police have arrested a man who they said is connected to a string of burglaries across Dane County, including in Madison.

Police initially responded to a burglary at Clock Tower Court along Mineral Point Road in early May where multiple businesses in the area were allegedly burglarized. A few days later, a restaurant on the city’s east side was allegedly broken into; more than $10,000 in cash was stolen.

An investigation led by Madison police eventually led to Tramaine Franklin, 34, of Sun Prairie, being identified as a suspect in the break-ins. Officials said Franklin was on parole for a burglary conviction.

In June, Madison police searched Franklin’s home and found evidence reportedly tying him to some of the burglaries. Law enforcement eventually arrested Franklin in July at a house on Madison’s east side after lengthy negotiations to get him to surrender.

Online court records show he was charged with three counts of burglary at the time. Earlier this month, Franklin was charged with a fourth burglary.

On Wednesday, Madison police officials announced that Franklin is now facing 11 additional burglary charges, bringing his total to 15.

Police said more than $17,000 worth of items were taken during the 15 alleged burglaries; Franklin also allegedly caused $20,000 in property damage during the break-ins.

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Authorities have worked with law enforcement agencies across Dane and Rock counties regarding incidents that they said the 34-year-old may have been involved in. Madison police said their investigation is still ongoing.