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Woman sentenced for stealing from UW and UW-M campuses

MADISON (WKOW) -- From UW-Madison Police Department:

On July 25, 2008, Charlene M. Aitkin, no affiliation to the University of Wisconsin, from Chicago, Illinois was sentenced to five years in prison and 10 years probation for identity theft.

This was a joint investigation between the University of Wisconsin- Madison Police Department and University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee Police Department. Between January 2006-September 2007 Aitkin and at least three other individuals stole purses and wallets from buildings on the both campuses. The victim's credit and debit cards were used with out their consent in some cases for several thousands of dollars at various stores and financial institutions in Milwaukee and Dane Counties. The suspects would then return to Chicago, Illinois.

The University of WI-Madison Police Department linked Aitkin to fifteen cases during the above time frame. The victims, retail outlets and financial institutions sustained a loss in excess of $52,000.00. On December 5, 2007, Aitkin was charged with 20 counts of felony identity theft in Dane County, WI.

The University of WI-Milwaukee Police Department linked Aitkin to eight cases during the above time frame. The victims, retail outlets and financial institutions sustained a loss of excess of $12,000.00. On January 17, 2008, Aitkin was charged with 4 counts felony identity theft in Milwaukee County, WI.

Aitkin was identified with help from the University of Illinois-Chicago Police Department. Aitkin had committed similar crimes on that campus in early 2007. On September 12, 2007 a felony arrest warrant was issued for Aitkin's arrest. Detectives from the University of WI-Madison Police Department and University of WI-Milwaukee Police Department traveled to Chicago, IL. With help from the City of Chicago Police Department Aitkin was apprehended and subsequently extradited to Wisconsin.

The University of WI-Madison Police Department and University of WI-Milwaukee Police Department request your help in identifying two unidentified persons of interest in this investigation. Anyone with information on who theses people are, are asked to contact University of WI-Madison Police Department Detective Peter Grimyser #608-262-7752 or University of WI-Milwaukee Police Department Detective Paul Sorrell #414-229-4627.

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