Police: Stolen car found in Walmart parking lot, 4 returning to vehicle attempt to run, arrested

Police: Stolen car found in Walmart parking lot, 4 returning to vehicle attempt to run, arrested
Dazhonna Martin, 21

A Fitchburg woman and three teenagers were arrested in connection with a stolen vehicle that turned up early Monday morning at a Monona Walmart.

The Monona Police Department said officers responded at about 1:30 a.m. to the Walmart at Royal Avenue for a report of a retail theft in progress involving four people.

The Walmart loss prevention agent suspected the group arrived in a stolen vehicle, which was parked in the underground parking lot, according to the report.

Loss prevention team members directed officers to an unoccupied 2008 Lexus, which was verified to have been stolen from Madison on an earlier date, police said.

Police blocked the vehicle in and requested help from other departments, the report said. As officers set up a perimeter of the area, the four suspects came down the escalator toward the garage. Once the suspects saw the uniformed officers, they took off running. All four were quickly apprehended.

Investigators also discovered the suspects were in possession of a stolen wallet that had been taken from a vehicle in Madison earlier. Police said the suspects used a debit card from the wallet to purchase items at Walmart.

Dazhonna Martin, 21, of Fitchburg, and three teenage boys — a 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds. Martin, who police said was the driver of the stolen vehicle, was taken to the Dane County Jail on tentative charges of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and resisting arrest.

The three teens were taken to the Juvenile Detention Center on tentative charges of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent and resisting arrest.

The Monona Police Department was assisted by Dane County deputies, Town of Madison and Village of McFarland police departments and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Police asked anyone with further information on the incident to contact the Monona Police Department at 608-222-0463, Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014, or you can text “MONONA” followed by your tip information to 847411.

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