Valdosta man arrested for car break-in after returning to the scene

| July 7, 2017

VALDOSTA – On Tuesday, July 2 at approximately 3 p.m., uniformed officers with the Valdosta Police Department responded to a report of a Theft by Entering Auto.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with a customer at a local business who reported the theft. The customer stated that she exited her vehicle, and went inside a local business in the 1000 block of East Park Avenue. The victim reported that when she entered the business, an unknown subject entered into the victim’s vehicle and stole multiple items.

Officers on scene made contact with the owner of the business and began reviewing surveillance footage. The offender was recognized as living in the area and would often frequent the business.

As officers continued looking in the area for the offender, approximately an hour and a half later, E-911 dispatch was called and it was reported that the offender in the video surveillance was now back in the store.

Officers responded back to the incident location and made contact with the offender, now identified as Steve Madison. With the surveillance, the subject was positively identified as the person who broke into the victim’s vehicle.

Madison was taken into custody and transported to Lowndes County Jail. Arrest warrants have been signed for Theft by Entering Auto (FELONY) on Madison.

Additionally, even after the arrest, officers continued searching the walking paths around the business and were able to locate some of the victim’s property that had been discarded once stolen and searched through.

“The Valdosta Police Department is grateful for the citizens who assisted in solving this crime. VPD will continue to persistently investigate thefts from vehicles and prosecute the offenders,” said VPD Lt. Adam Bembry.

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