Man who robbed Fitchburg taxi driver arrested, police say

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FITCHBURG, Wis. – A 39-year-old Fitchburg man was arrested Thursday night after police said he robbed a taxi driver.

In a news release, the Fitchburg Police Department said the cab driver called police around 10:45 p.m. Thursday to report he had been robbed. The driver reportedly told police the man pressed an object he believed to be a weapon against him before fleeing with an iPad and his personal belongings. Police later determined the object was not a firearm.

Officers have established a perimeter in the area of ​​the 2400 block of Chalet Gardens Court where the theft took place. Following the location of the iPad, police discovered the suspect had run into a wooded area near the Cannonball Path, the statement said.

Madison Police Department drone and K9 teams assisted Fitchburg officers in locating the suspect in the area. When officers approached him, the statement said, he set fire to a bush and then fled before police arrested him.

News 3 Now is not naming the man at this time as part of a policy of not naming suspects until they have been formally charged in court. He is currently being held in Dane County Jail on remand charges of armed robbery, careless handling of burning equipment, resisting or obstructing, and violation of probation.

The police were able to recover all the items stolen by the thief. No one was injured in the incident.

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