(Beaver Dam) Following a recent string of robberies, local law enforcement has had multiple instances in the last couple weeks where their response plan was put in action. From December 31 to January 4, there were three burglaries at Beaver Dam gas stations: two at the Madison Street BP and one at Coyote Gas and Liquor on North Spring Street. In each instance, the suspect ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment program, Beaver Dam officers commented on how these responses are handled. Upon getting word of a robbery from dispatch, officers say multiple squads will respond to the scene by taking different routes in an effort to maximize their chances of finding the person responsible. Once the officers arrive on scene, Officer Jeremiah Johnson says one responder speaks with the sales clerk in an effort to get a better description of the suspect by getting information that might not have been passed along by dispatch. Johnson says the remaining officers immediately spread out to comb the area for any suspicious people or items containing DNA that might have been left behind. According to Johnson, the more robberies a criminal commits, the more likely they are to make a mistake that leads to them getting caught. Last week, local law enforcement took a person of interest in the two BP robberies into custody. No charges have been filed at this time and no word on if that person is also suspected in the Coyote robbery.
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