Police says a Madison man used tracking software to find his stolen iPad Sunday afternoon, and that his work led to the arrest of a theft suspect, also accused of stealing two wallets.
The tracking software got the iPad owner to the 400 block of Shepard Terrace, at which point he called police. The responding officer told him she would not be able to knock on every door in the neighborhood, but she did indicate she knew a potential suspect who sometimes stays in a particular residence in that area.
The officer tried that residence, but no one came to the door.
The iPad owner stayed after the officer left. A short time later, a resident of the home came outside. The owner pleaded his case, which eventually led to the suspect coming out and returning the iPad.
Police say the man noticed two wallets in a bag with the iPad.
He called police and the officer returned. Police say the suspect, 32-year-old Jason Durkee, an admitted opiate addict, told the officer he found the stolen items in a nearby park.
He was arrested for theft and probation violation.
Police say the wallets were believed to have been stolen from cars that were parked on Sylvan Avenue in Madison. The iPad owner said the device was taken from his vehicle, as well, and thinks it was stolen while his wife ran errands on the west side Sunday morning.
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