Madison, Middleton police forces arrest four in robbery chain

Madison Police Department and neighboring Middleton Police Department detectives recently cracked the case on a series of armed robberies funding drug purchases, including heroin, according to a Tuesday release from MPD Spokesperson Joel DeSpain.

Officers arrested four suspects in the robberies, charging 28-year-old William Christian with four counts of armed robbery, one count of attempted armed robbery and one count of substantial battery.

They also charged 29-year-old Anne Christian with four counts of armed robbery and being party to a crime.

William and Anne Christian have no permanent address, and the report does not indicate if they are related.

Investigators also charged two Madison men, 29-year-old Madisonian Joshua Kahl and 23-year old Matthew Roach, with two counts of armed robbery and being party to a crime. They charged Kahl with an additional three counts of armed robbery.

The suspects are accused of carrying out six robberies in October and November.

William, Anne and Kahl robbed Tobacco Outlet Plus on East Washington Avenue Oct. 29, according to the report. The same trio robbed a secondhand movies, music and games store, called Preplayed, on Mineral Point Road Nov. 10.

William robbed PDQ Food Stores, a convenience store, on South Ridge Way in Middleton Nov. 4.

Then, William and Kahl again robbed Tobacco Outlet Plus Nov. 12. All four suspects then robbed Paisley Hair Salon on University Avenue the same day.

Finally, Anne, Kahl and Roach again robbed a Tobacco Outlet Plus, this time in Middleton on University Avenue Nov. 16.

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