Madison
45° F
Clear
Clear
Advertisement

Woman finds stolen bike online; Police set up sting

Published On: Jan 23 2013 07:28:33 AM CST   Updated On: Apr 03 2013 08:21:23 AM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

A 64-year-old Madison woman worked with police to set up a sting after she saw her stolen bike for sale on the Internet, according to police.

The woman reported her $645 bike missing from a storage area inside her apartment building on North Segoe Road and later found it on Craigslist.

She told police she contacted the seller who told her that "This bike is an excellent deal. I'm only selling it because I'm unemployed and about to be evicted." The seller said he got the bike for Christmas and was willing to sell it for $300.

Police said she arranged to take the bike for a test ride Friday. They met at an address on North Orchard Street where police were watching as she tried out the bike.

Once the victim identified the bike as her own, the seller, Randall J. Wallace, 52, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property. He told police he found the bike abandoned in a snow bank.

Advertisement
  • Nepal earthquake aftermath

    Omar Havana/Getty Images

    Nepal earthquake: Aftershocks, aftermath

    A major 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu mid-day on Saturday. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital were destroyed, leaving thousands dead or trapped under the debris as emergency rescue workers attempt to clear rubble and find survivors.

  • Baltimore police protests 8

    Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Violence, arrests at Baltimore police protest

    A peaceful demonstration in Baltimore on Saturday came to an end when police in riot gear tried to hold a line, and a few protesters vandalized police cars, threw objects at officers, cursed at them and scuffled with them.

  • PHOTOS: Viewers drop off sensitive documents for Shredfest

    The WISC-TV studio parking lot was busy with hundreds of viewers bringing their sensitive documents to be destroyed as part of Shredfest with the Better Business Bureau Saturday morning.

    A combined 1,295 cars dropped off bags of papers at WISC-TV on Raymond Road and SVA Certified Public Accountants firm on John Q. Hammons Drive.

    News 3 and Better Business Bureau team members unloaded bags of documents from viewers' cars and Pellitteri Waste Systems' Data Destruction team put the papers into the shredding trucks.

Advertisement