Police: Armed home burglar caught in act

Police K-9 helps officers find loaded handgun allegedly connected to incident

Police said an armed burglar was caught in the act on Thanksgiving evening.

The Madison Police Department said a citizen alerted police to seeing a person inside a dark home on the 1600 block of Redwood Lane at about 7 p.m.

When police arrived, 43-year-old Dennis M. Franklin, of Madison, fled with a flashlight in hand, according to the report.

Officers chased Franklin through backyards and took him into custody as he attempted to scale a fence in the 1600 block of Prairie Road, police said.

A police K-9 tracked to the arrest area and led officers to a loaded handgun that police said Franklin tossed.

Officers found jewelry and other items reportedly stolen from the home on Franklin.

Police said entry was made by forcing a front door to the home open.

Officers said 32-year-old Rose Wirth, of Madison, was acting as a lookout for Franklin and was also arrested, the report noted. She reportedly told police she is struggling with a heroin addiction.

Franklin was arrested on suspicion of burglary while armed with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of burglarious tools, felony bail jumping, resisting or obstructing and damage to property.

Wirth was arrested on suspicion of party to burglary.