MADISON, Wis. - Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a car thief from a garage surveillance video early Thursday, according to a report.
Madison police said a man stole an SUV from inside a garage on Madison's west side.
According to a report, an SUV that was parked in the driveway of a Dorchester Way home was not locked, and inside the vehicle was a garage door opener and a key fob to a second SUV that was parked in the garage.
The thief used the garage door opener to get inside the garage and steal a gray 2015 RAV4 Limited.
Surveillance video with a time stamp of 3:31 a.m. shows a man walking into the garage wearing a gray sweatshirt, light-colored cap, dark pants and slip-on athletic-type sandals.
The theft was reported at 6:50 a.m., Madison police said.
Anyone with information on his identity should call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.
Madison police urged residents to lock their vehicles to prevent theft, saying that 201 vehicles have been stolen in the city this year, representing an 18.9-percent rise over 2017 this time of year.
In a post online Thursday, police said the stolen vehicles are being used by criminals to commit other crimes like burglaries, shootings, purse snatchings and shooting paintballs at people.
Referring to the fictional community in the 1960s TV show, "The Andy Griffith Show," police said, "Sorry, but we don't live in Mayberry anymore, it is time to lock things up!"
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