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12-year-old boy chased down and arrested for theft on Southwest Side, police say

12-year-old boy chased down and arrested for theft on Southwest Side, police say

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A 12-year-old boy was arrested on Wednesday and cited for being involved in a theft on Madison's Southwest Side, police said. 

The boy was among several who led police on a chase after allegedly stealing items from a car parked on the 6200 block Hammersley Road.

The owner of the car had just returned from the grocery store, and left the car unlocked as she went inside for a couple of minutes, according to Madison police. 

When she went back outside, all of the car's doors were open and "four or five teenagers" were running down her driveway, police said. Several items, including electronics, were missing from the vehicle.

Multiple residents called 911 as the boys ran through backyards in the neighborhood, providing police with descriptions of the suspects. 

The 12-year-old was chased down and taken into custody near Raymond Road and Leland Drive. He was cited for being party to the crime of theft, then released to a parent.

The other boys involved in the chase got away, said MPD spokesman Joel DeSpain. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Madison police had received reports of young men looking into the windows of houses near Gladstone Drive. They matched the descriptions of those involved in the theft.

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Howard Hardee is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has written extensively about government, natural disasters and forest health in northern California.

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