Police: Alert neighbor assists in burglary arrest

Man found with electronics and cash
Police: Alert neighbor assists in burglary arrest

An alert neighbor called police after confronting a man outside the home of her neighbor Sunday, according to Madison police.

Police said the resident on Dunning Street was concerned the man was about to burglarize the home of the 79-year-old woman. She told police she opened a window and yelled at the man at the neighbor’s back door. The man said he was looking for someone and provided an unfamiliar name. She said he left on a bicycle after she suggested he was in the wrong place and should leave.

Police were called at 6:28 a.m.  The responding officer said the victim was sleeping inside the house and the backdoor was open.

Officers said they were able to find the man based on the description provided by the victim’s neighbor.

An officer said Christopher W. Kirkland, 27, of Madison, had a knife in his pocket, along with electronics and cash. The officer said Kirkland claimed he owned an e-reader that was in his possession, but the officer turned it on and found it was registered to a 33-year-old woman who lives in Division Street. Police said the e-reader was stolen in a burglary that occurred shortly before the burglary in Dunning Street.

The victim in the Division Street burglary told police the e-reader and cash were missing from a bag she had left in the kitchen.

Police said the houses of both victims had been left unlocked.

Kirkland was arrested on suspicion of burglary and carrying a concealed weapon.