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Burglary prompts police to urge home security

Published On: Feb 15 2013 12:42:55 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 15 2013 12:56:42 PM CST

MADISON, Wis. -

Two teens were arrested after a report of a home burglary in downtown Madison Thursday, according to police.

A 21-year-old man told police he was in the living room of his home in the 10 block of South Bassett Street when, at about 10:52 p.m., he heard noise coming from the back of the home he shares with his five roommates. Police said the man surprised two intruders who were in the home.

The two intruders fled and one of the man’s roommates told police he went outside to find the two intruders fleeing with a larger group.

Police said officers found two people leaving the neighborhood on foot, and one of them was a 16-year-old Madison boy who had been in the home. Police said an 18-year-old Sun Prairie woman was identified as one of the people who fled the backyard with the intruder. Antoinic Bryant was cited on suspicion of unlawful trespass.

The 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass to a home and resisting an officer. Police said the teen was wearing a bail monitoring device on his ankle, and was found to be wanted in connection with other crimes, including a burglary. Police said he also provided a fake name, but was later identified and taken to the Juvenile Reception Center.

Madison police said there have been about a dozen residential burglaries in neighborhoods west of the Capitol Square and east of Park Street since the beginning of the year. In many cases, police said burglars have gotten into homes through unlocked doors. Laptop computers have frequently been taken.

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