Man interrupts boys burglarizing garage, police say

Police said a Madison man interrupted three youths burglarizing his home on the city’s west side Monday night.

Madison police said a 45-year-old homeowner on St. Andrews Circle went outside his home to his garage at about 9:30 p.m. and found three boys going through the family’s vehicles.

The homeowner had left his overhead garage door open earlier, according to the report.

When the homeowner discovered the juveniles, they fled with the keys to one of the cars, police said.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said West District officers are investigating four other similar burglaries in which criminals have come in through open garage doors. In some cases, burglars have also gotten into homes through unlocked doors between garages and houses.

DeSpain said thieves appear to be looking for purses and wallets. In a couple of cases, stolen credit cards were used to make purchases.

The area burglaries prompted police to produce a video with tips for homeowners on how to prevent burglaries, DeSpain said.

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