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MPD: Elderly woman has car, purse stolen while donating to food pantry

She left the car unlocked and running, saying she would only be inside for a minute.
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Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 3:03 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A 75-year-old Madison woman had her car and purse stolen Wednesday morning while she was making a donation to a local food pantry, just one day before Thanksgiving.

The Madison Police Department reports that the woman parked her car in the street on the 1400 block of Prairie Road, which is near the pantry. She left the car unlocked and running, saying she would only be inside for a minute.

A suspect then jumped inside the car and took off, MPD explained. The woman said she saw her 2014 Toyota Camry speeding northbound on Prairie, then called her husband for a ride.

A witness told MPD that he saw a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt jump into the driver’s seat of the car just as the woman walked into the food pantry. MPD added that the woman’s purse was in the front passenger seat of the car, also now stolen.

MPD did not give a description of the suspect other than what he was wearing.

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