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Suspected downtown burglar caught on tape

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police are looking for a burglar that was caught on tape in a downtown apartment building on August 30.

Police say a 19-year old woman called police after coming home to find her home on the 600 block of North Frances St. burglarized. The woman told police she and her roommates left the apartment around 10:00 p.m. to go out.

Surveillance footage obtained by police shows a suspected burglar entering the hallway of the residence shortly after 11:00 p.m. In the video, he appears to be turning door handles looking for an unlocked apartment. When he finds the victim's apartment unlocked, he listens to hear if anyone is inside. After hearing no one is home, he enters the apartment. The victim's wallet that contained cash and credit cards was stolen.

If you recognize the person in the surveillance photos, call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

The Madison Police Department wants to urge all city residents to lock doors and secure windows.

Police say several other recent residential burglaries in Downtown Madison have involved criminals cutting window screens. Police say they then reach inside and steal electronics like iPods and laptops off of tables that are in plain view and easy to reach without entering the home. MPD also urges residents to keep small electronics out of plain view.

Police say some burglars appear to be targeting downtown residences during hours when young people are often out socializing. They want to remind residents to be sure to lock your doors, even if you live in a security locked building.

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