Police find backpack of stolen formula near men walking away from crime scene

Police find backpack of stolen formula near men walking away from crime scene

Two Madison men were arrested Saturday afternoon after police found a backpack containing stolen formula near them while they were walking away from a reported crime scene.

Police were called just after 1:45 p.m. to the Hy-Vee grocery store at 3801 East Washington Avenue for reports of a theft that had just occurred, according to a release.

Officers were told three black men wearing dark coats and backpacks left heading toward Mendota Street, officials said.

When an officer noticed men matching that description less than a block away from Hy-Vee, he confronted them, according to the release.

The three men denied knowing anything about the $170 worth of baby formula that had just been stolen from the store, but a backpack found within inches of the men contained the missing products, officials said.

Witness statements and video surveillance led to the arrest of 52-year-old Robert Lee Baker and 47-year-old Willie Dean, both of Madison, according to the release. Dean originally lied about his identity, but Baker was honest about the Hy-Vee theft.

Baker was arrested on a tentative charge of retail theft and on a probation violation. Dean was arrested on a tentative charge of party to the crime of retail theft and on a probation violation.

Officials said there are several past cases that might have implications on additional charges for the two men.

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