Police investigate Madison lakeside home burglaries

Police are investigating a series of break-ins at Madison homes on Lake Monona in which electronics were taken early Tuesday , according to a news release.

Madison police said its burglary crimes unit is investigating two break-ins and an attempted burglary on Waunona Way at about 3:10 a.m.

Early Tuesday morning, a property owner reported someone had just burglarized a home he owns in the 3200 block of Waunona Way, police said.

Capt. Joe Balles said the owner of the home was monitoring the home via an internal security camera and called 911 when he saw someone in the home and moving the camera. A TV and other electronics were stolen after the intruder entered through an unlocked garage window.

As officers were investigating, a second call came in from a citizen who heard a window break in the 2700 block of Waunona Way. The citizen confronted a man in the area who claimed to be going fishing.

Police said it appeared the citizen scared off a would-be burglar because officers found a home with a broken window, but no property missing.

A police dog was brought in to track the burglar, and the K-9 led officers to a 32-inch Samsung TV that had been hidden in bushes in the 2600 block of Waunona Way.

Balles said police have not been able to determine where the Samsung TV was stolen from because it didn’t match the description of TVs stolen in the 3200 block.

Another homeowner in the 2900 block, who home after a weekend trip, told police that he found a garage door open. He discovered a 37-inch Visio TV and electronics had been taken from the home.

The witness who confronted the “fisherman” said it was dark outside and he could not get a good description of the man.

Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers or Detective Taya Dolsen at tdolsen@cityofmadison.com or 608-209-8485.