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MPD investigating series of armed robberies


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Police Department is investigating a series of armed robberies that happened over Memorial Weekend.

The department reported that at least seven robberies have happened in the last three days. In each case but one, suspects reported that the assailants had a gun. In all seven cases, the suspects are described as two black males, listed in several of the reports as being close to six feet tall.

Police have yet to say whether the cases involve the same suspects or different pairs, but are investigating a connection between the robberies.

"It's a priority to bring an end to this crime wave," said Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain.

This string of robberies comes despite the fact that the first quarter witnessed a decline in robberies in Madison, police say.

"Our crime levels overall are not high," said DeSpain.  "Maybe people are lulled into a sense of complacency."

Three of the robberies happened on bike paths in downtown Madison or just east of downtown.

In two of those incidents, victims reported being physically attacked during the robberies.  No serious injuries were reported, however.

Madison's pedestrian and bicycle coordinator says he doesn't believe the city's bike paths are any less safe than any other part of the city and that it doesn't appear that robbers are targeting bike paths.

But he does want people to be cautious.

"Don't be lulled in any way into a false sense of security no matter where you are," said coordinator Arthur Ross.


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