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Home surveillance, pawn shop photos used to arrest burglary suspect, police say

February 27, 2014

An alleged burglar arrested Tuesday had not one but two photo strikes against him, one from the burgled home and the other from the pawn shop where he allegedly sold the stolen goods.

Nathaniel Abrams, 58, Madison, was tentatively charged with burglary and fraudulent writings, Madison police said in a news release.

He was found by the investigating officer in the Dane County Jail, being held on an unrelated charge.

The burglary happened eight months ago on June 11, 2013, in the 1500 block of Packers Avenue.

Someone broke into the enclosed porch of the home early in the morning on June 11, stealing a power saw.

"On Feb. 7, the victim found the saw for sale at Pawn America," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.

The victim called police, and the investigating officer used the national crime tracking website Leads Online to find a photo and name of the person who sold the saw to Pawn America.

"The officer spoke with the suspect in jail, and he admitted selling the saw, but claimed he bought the saw from someone else and didn't steal it," DeSpain said.

The officer then showed the inmate an image taken by the victim's home surveillance camera.

"In looking at the two photos, the officer believes the burglar and the person who sold the saw are one in the same," DeSpain said.


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