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Employee monitoring video tips off police to construction site burglary

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MADISON (WKOW) -- An employee monitoring surveillance video from home alerted police to a burglary Wednesday night at a construction site.

Rodney P. Wipperfurth, 42, no permanent address, faces charges of burglary, possession of burglarious tools, criminal damage to property, felony bail jumping and on warrants.

According to police, officers responded for a report of a burglary in progress around 11:32 p.m. in the 800 block of East Washington Ave. where J H Findorff & Son has a construction site.

The construction site had been burglarized four times in recent weeks with thousands of dollars of copper piping stolen so Findorff installed a surveillance system at the site.

When a burglar broke in, he didn't know it, but a Findorff employee was at home monitoring the criminal activity in real time, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Police were notified and officers set up a perimeter.

The masked burglar – attired in black clothing - poked his head out of one door, saw the police gathering, and retreated back into the building. He popped out of another door, scaled a fence and tried to run, but was apprehended.

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