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Police: Simple steps can prevent thefts from vehicles

The Sun Prairie Police Department is asking residents to take a some extra precautions following a recent increase in vehicle break-ins in the last few weeks according to a release from police.

Police ask drivers to park in well lit areas when possible. They also said drivers should always lock vehicles and keeps the windows closed. The same goes for garage doors at hoom as well.

According to the release large problem is the theft of small items like phones or purses are often the targets of vehice break-ins. Police ask residents to reomove valuables from their cars or put them in the trunk and out of sight from thieves.

Sun Prairie man faces 5th OWI

Sun Prairie man faces 5th OWI

The Wisconsin State Patrol said they have charged a Sun Prairie man with his fifth charge of operating a vehicle while under the influence following a traffic stop in Columbia County Tuesday night.

The State Patrol said a trooper stopped Alex Jurovic, 27, for speeding on I-39/90/94 eastbound near mile marker 115 Tuesday just after 10 p.m.

The State Patrol said the trooper smelled intoxicants when he approached the car, and noticed open intoxicants when he got there.

The State Patrol said the driver failed field sobriety tests and was arrested.

Sun Prairie police to hold Citizen Academy

Sun Prairie police to hold Citizen Academy

Sun Prairie residents and people who work in Sun Prairie will have the opportunity to participate in a Citizen Academy, officials said.

The community-based policing program gives citizens an opportunity to learn more about what it is like to be a police office, according to a release. The academy also gives police officers a chance to better understand a citizen’s perspective on law enforcement.

Participants will spend time in a classroom learning more about police operations including investigations, crime prevention, criminal trends and internet based activity, officials said. The academy will also include more hands-on activities including building searches, vehicle operation, traffic stop simulation and firearms training.

Classes will be held on Thursdays starting Sept. 19 and end with a graduation banquet Nov. 4, according to the release.

Couple distracts employee, steals ring

Couple distracts employee, steals ring

Sun Prairie police are asking the public for help finding a couple who stole a ring from a local jeweler.

According to a release from Sun Prairie police, a man and woman worked together to steal a $3,000 ring.

According to the release, one of the two distracted an employee, while the other reached over the display case and removed the ring.

Anyone with information about the couple is being asked to call Sun Prairie police.

Fake bills used in 2 east side purchases, officials say

Fake bills used in 2 east side purchases, officials say

Madison police are investigating two cases where fake $50 bills were used to pay for products, according to a release.

A Sun Prairie man was given six $50 bills for a laptop he was selling through Craigslist, according to the release.

Officials said the man met the buyer at Marcus Eastgate Cinemas at 5202 High Crossing Boulevard on July 29 around 8:30 p.m.

The buyer said something about catching a movie and left before the Sun Prairie man discovered the bills all had the same serial number and were smaller than real money, according to the release.

Officials said another set of phony $50 bills were passed at the BP gas station at 735 E. Washington Ave. on July 15.

Two of the bills had the same serial numbers and all of the bills didn?t feel like real U.S. currency, according to the release.

BB lodged in hand after teen shot from car

BB lodged in hand after teen shot from car

A Sun Prairie man suffered an injury to his hand after he told police he was shot with a small pellet walking on the west side.

The Madison Police Department said an 18-year-old showed up at a local hospital with a BB lodged in his hand Tuesday.

The teen told Madison police he was shot while walking on McKenna Boulevard on Monday at about 11:28 p.m.

He told officers a passenger in a slow-moving car fired several rounds from a BB gun, and he later realized one hit his hand.

Police said the teen couldn't provide a description of the car or the shooter.

Former bishop waives hearing in hit-and-run case

Former bishop waives hearing in hit-and-run case

The former Lutheran bishop accused of driving under the influence in a deadly crash is bound over for trial.

Bruce Burnside waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday. The 59-year-old is accused of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and hit-and-run in connection with a crash that killed Sun Prairie jogger Maureen Mengelt on April 7.

A criminal complaint said his preliminary breath test indicated a blood-alcohol level of .128.

Burnside’s next court date has not been set.