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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Man steals student’s books, laptop on North Lake Street

Two men allegedly stole a University of Wisconsin-Madison student’s messenger bag containing his laptop and textbooks on North Lake Street early Monday morning.

Two men who appeared to be homeless approached the 21-year-old student and his girlfriend and asked the student “for a buck” which the student “gladly” gave, according to Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain.

“The four then engaged in a friendly, several minute, conversation on a North Lake Street sidewalk,” DeSpain said in a statement. “But after the two men left, the student realized his messenger bag was also gone.”

The student’s blue Dunlop brand bag contained his $1,200 MacBook Pro laptop computer and $300 worth of law textbooks, according to the report.

According to DeSpain, the student said he believes during the “light-hearted conversation” one of the men distracted him while the other snatched the bag he placed on the ground.

The two men were last seen walking north on North Lake Street.

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