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Police seeking burglar in hit-and-run

Authorities continue to look for a Hazel Green man who is believed to have attempted a burglary on Platteville’s southwest side and was involved in a hit-and-run crash escaping from police one week ago.

Jeffrey D. Campbell, 34, is white, 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds, with black hair and blue eyes.

Police were called to a Reddy Drive residence April 10 around 8:40 a.m. on a report that someone had tried to enter a house. A police officer tried to talk to the owner of a parked car in the area, but the driver sped off, according to police.
The car then hit an occupied vehicle at the intersection of West Main Street and Elm Street, and the car continued west until it became inoperable at West Main Street and Washington Street, according to police.

Witnesses in the area of Main and Washington told police that the driver had fled on foot toward the northwest.

As a precaution, police asked Westview Elementary School to lock down. The lockdown ended one half-hour later, according to a Platteville School District email.

Based on property that Campbell abandoned, police believe he was in the process of committing burglaries.

Campbell is on extended supervision after he pleaded guilty to a Jefferson County burglary charge in April 2011. He served one year in prison, according to court records. A Probation & Parole hold has been issued for Campbell, according to police.

Anyone with information on Campbell’s whereabouts, or who has been a victim of a burglary or theft, is asked to call Platteville police, 348-2313.