Police: Burglars may have used shoveling scam to ID targets

Police: Burglars may have used shoveling scam to ID targets

The Madison Police Department and Madison Area Crime Stoppers asked for the public’s help in identifying suspects in a rash of burglaries that took place on the city’s east side Wednesday afternoon.

Madison police said several homes in a 1.2-mile radius on Madison’s east side were burglarized within a 2-hour period. Police said electronics, alcohol and money were reported stolen.

On Friday, police released the description of two men who were seen in the area between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. asking folks if they needed help shoveling driveways. Police said the inquiries were a technique used by burglars to see if anyone is home before entering the residence to steal.

One suspect is described as a white man, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet, 1 inch tall. He had a small, scraggly red chin-strap beard and was wearing a red jacket, bright blue snow pants and carrying a green Woodman’s bag.

Police described the other suspect as a white man in his 20s, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall. He was wearing a black coat with a red hooded sweatshirt underneath and black pants. He walked with an uneven gait.

Anyone with information on the suspects or the burglaries is asked to contact police. You can submit tips via text to Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 274637. Enter DANE and your message. You can also send your tip online at www.tipsubmit.com or call 608-266-6014.