Police: Man seen taking backpack from car, cutting cords | Crime
Police said a man was arrested on suspicion of theft after a witness saw him take a backpack from a downtown man's car Thursday morning.
Madison police said a 20-year-old man left his car unlocked for a couple minutes at 9:40 a.m. on the 100 block of of North Bassett Street. As the man ran inside his residence, another man entered the car and took the man' s backpack, which contained a laptop.
A neighbor saw the alleged crime and called police, according to a release. The witness told police the thief had cut the power cord off a window air conditioner after taking the backpack.
The witness gave police a description of the suspected thief and said he was on a bicycle pulling a bike trailer.
Officers saw 60-year-old Ray A. Wallace of Madison on North Frances Street, the report said. Wallace was bent over a utility box where wires were exposed. Police said officers found the stolen backpack in Wallace's bike trailer along with numerous electrical cords.
Wallace also allegedly had cutting tools. Wallace told officers he steals electrical cords for the copper they contain, according to the release.
Wallace was arrested on suspicion of theft and possession of burglarious tools.