Caught On Cam Busted Bag Thief

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 12:39pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 7:50am

Family photo helps police nab thief minutes after his crime.

One family's trip to Madison, Wisconsin is getting national attention after appearing on a well-known blog.

John Myers and his family had never been to Madison, and even though they were there just two days the city left a lasting impression.

"I thought, oh great, now I'm just going to have this picture of an anonymous person who took my bag, but never get it back," admitted John Myers.

This past weekend Myers and his family were in Madison for a wedding.

Since they were all dressed up they wanted to take some pictures using the Capitol as a backdrop.

John set his bag next to the building, placed his camera on a ledge and set the timer.

Ten seconds later the family had a keepsake, but, they lost something else.

In the time it took to take that picture the bag was stolen.

"I thought it was gone," said Myers. "I thought that was it. I was doing the math in my head what kind of problems this was going to create for the rest of the trip."

John rushed to the information desk, but found nothing.

He circled the Capitol and again found nothing.

Then the New Jersey native thought to check his camera and there it was.

"Sure enough there in the background you can see a guy bending down with his hand in the bag," he said.

John showed his picture to the Capitol Police.

Minutes later, 59-year-old Glenn Lambright was in custody.

The bag which contained his wallet, ID, credit cards, hotel key and rental car keys was returned.

Soon after the incident Myers put his pictures on the website Gizmodo and from there the story took off.

Lambright, who has no permanent address, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge.
 

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