Madison police use new tool to make theft arrest

Police use Leads Online to track stolen watch to pawn shop
Madison police use new tool to make theft arrest

Madison police said an officer used a relatively new tool, Leads Online, to arrest a theft suspect after a 19-year-old woman had her watch and some cash stolen from her downtown apartment.

Police said the victim had shared a cab ride home with two men in the early morning hours of Sept. 14.

One of the men asked to use her iPhone and then walked off with it after they got out of the taxi, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

The woman then invited the second man, Sidney R. Ivy, 20, of Madison, into her apartment with hopes that he would help her get the phone back from his acquaintance, police said.

He failed to help her and the victim later realized that Ivy had left her home with a watch and cash, according to the incident report.

Utilizing Leads Online, Madison police found the watch had been taken to a local pawn shop. The pawn shop shared the name and photo of the seller, and the victim identified him as the same man who had been in her apartment, police said.

Police said the victim got her watch back.

Police said they arrested Ivy on charges of theft and bail jumping.

Ivy was under court order not to go in pawn shops, or resale stores, after Madison police arrested him in 2011 in connection with a home burglary on Curtis Court, according to the incident report. In that case, laptop computers and other electronics were taken, police said.

Police said Ivy claimed not to know the name of the man who walked away with the downtown victim’s phone.