Police say Mother Nature assisted in teen’s arrest, locating stolen vehicle

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MADISON, Wis. — Madison police said Mother Nature helped officers arrest a teen, well-known to the department, for a stolen vehicle.

Officers were sent to Birch Hill Drive on Saturday afternoon after someone noticed the rear windows of an SUV had been left down overnight.

The witness knows the area is a popular dumping spot for car thieves, according to a release by the Madison Police Department.

Officers arrived to find a 15-year-old near a stolen Honda Pilot. The teen has been arrested multiple times in the past for operating a stolen vehicle and burglary, the release said.

Police said the teen was asking a homeowner if he could borrow an ice scraper to clear the windows of the Pilot.

Officers said they sneaked up on the teen, who tried to run away.

The teen was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center, according to the release.

Officers said they receive information daily from MPD’s Criminal Intelligence Section regarding stolen vehicles. Per the release, there are currently 17 vehicles on what is known as the “hot sheet.”

Madison police said they work hard to find and return vehicles to their owners, but per MPD policy, they are unable to engage in pursuits out of concern for community safety.