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UWPD Investigating String of Campus Burglaries

Crime Alert

Incident date

June 24, 2018, 12:00 AM

Incident type



UW-Madison Campus


UW-Madison Campus Community,

The UW-Madison Police Department is investigating a string of burglaries on the UW-Madison campus that have occurred over the last two weeks. In each of the cases, the suspect has stolen electronics and credit cards from unlocked offices – in both administrative and academic buildings.

Through surveillance, UWPD has identified one of the suspects as Malcolm C. Owens, 19, of Madison. His photo is below.

Owens currently has a warrant issued by the Department of Corrections for violating his probation on a previous burglary case. If you see Owens, you should not approach him – please call 911 immediately.

UWPD is also seeking another man as a person of interest in the burglary cases. His identity is unknown, but a photo is below:

If you have any information about these cases, or the suspects involved, please call the UW-Madison Police Department at (608) 264-2677. If you see the suspects, call 911.

Property crime can often be prevented by taking some simple steps to ensure your belongings are secure. Please consider the following:

  • Be sure to lock your office when you leave – even if you’re gone for a few minutes.
  • Keep your possessions in sight at all times. Don’t leave books or backpacks unattended anywhere — it only takes a matter of seconds for things to be stolen.
  • Never leave a wallet or purse on top of your desk — take it with you or lock it in a drawer.
  • Mark your property and record serial numbers of expensive electronics.
  • Burglars frequently target cash, laptops, phones, bikes, jewelry, etc. Don’t leave attractive items out in plain sight. If possible, store them in a locked drawer, closet or interior room. Or try to take small valuables with when you leave.

See for more information about Clery Act implementation at UW-Madison. For a list of frequently asked questions about Crime Warnings, click here.

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