Neighbors chase, help nab suspected daytime burglar

Police find electronics taken from downtown Madison house in suspect's bag
Neighbors chase, help nab suspected daytime burglar
Roosevelt Price, 49, of Middleton

Police said a pair of neighbors chased and helped officers track down a man suspected of trying to enter a west Madison home Tuesday afternoon.

Police said a man and woman living near a home on the 4900 block of Tokay Boulevard at 4:20 p.m. saw a man attempting to enter their neighbor’s side door. The woman called 911 while her husband went outside.

Police said the man, who they identified as 49-year-old Roosevelt Price, of Middleton, realized he’d been spotted and took off running through residential backyards. The neighbor man followed Price on foot while the neighbor woman got in the car to keep tabs on the fleeing suspect as police responded.

Officers took Price into custody near the intersection of Odana Road and Charles Lane. He was carrying a black bag that contained a cell phone and Kindle electronic reading device that police said was taken from a home on East Johnson Street earlier Tuesday.

Price reportedly told police that he got the items from an acquaintance.

Price was cited on suspicion of trespassing and arrested on a probation hold.

Police said Price has prior burglary arrests and was recently released from prison.

Police said the 73-year-old owner of the Tokay Boulevard house was inside at the time of the attempted burglary but didn’t hear anything and was unaware until police arrived.

He told police his home was burglarized in the summer of 2013 and the same door was the point of entry. No arrest had been made in that case, according to police.