Man suspected of stealing purse off wheelchair

Police use video to make arrest
Man suspected of stealing purse off wheelchair

Madison police say surveillance video helped them find and identify a man suspected of taking a purse off of a wheelchair tray.

A 54-year-old woman told police she was riding an elevator with a man at the Madison Public Library at 201 W. Mifflin St. on Saturday when he grabbed the purse and ran out of the building.

Thomas E. Winter, 33, was found in a park off State Street and denied being at the library. Police said surveillance video showed he was there.

Officers found the woman’s purse in an alley off Doty Street.

Winter was arrested on suspicion of theft, carrying a concealed weapon and two counts of possession of a synthetic cannabinoid.