Teen burglar stood on garbage cans to enter homes, police say

Teen burglar stood on garbage cans to enter homes, police say
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A 16-year-old burglar who entered two homes in downtown Madison early Friday used garbage cans to get inside, according to a news release.

Madison police said one person reported seeing an intruder inside his house, and another believed the person had entered and fled their home.

Police responded at 4:41 a.m. to the 1300 block of Saint James Court on a report of a burglary. A 22-year-old resident told police that about 20 minutes earlier, he woke up to use the restroom and returned to his bedroom to go back to sleep. As he was dozing off, he saw ambient light from a hallway creep through his bedroom door, and the a few seconds later, he heard the sound of a door slam on the first floor. He thought that was strange, so he got up to investigate. He went downstairs to the kitchen and noticed a window was pushed up and the screen ripped.

In a separate case, officers responded to the 1300 block of Milton Street at 4:50 a.m. regarding a person who had fled from the Saint James Court address and had entered or attempted to enter a second residence. The suspected burglar, a 16-year-old Madison boy, was taken into custody.

The boy told police he was in the homes around 4 a.m. because he was looking for a place to stay. The teen was arrested on suspicion of burglary and taken to the Dane County Juvenile Reception Center.

According to the report, officers believe garbage cans found outside of both residences were used to help the suspect get inside the homes.