Police catch Pewaukee bank robber
The Brookfield Police have arrested a 21-year-old Milwaukee man who allegedly robbed a bank in Pewaukee yesterday.
The man, who wore a ski mask, apparently entered the Capitol Dr. Pick N’ Save around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday and approached the teller stationed at the Guaranty Bank inside. He allegedly said he wanted to make a withdrawal but handed a note to the teller demanding money.
Captain Tim Otto said that the note indicated that he had a weapon, although none was visible and none was located on the suspect. No one was injured during the incident.
“The teller was outstanding. She did everything right,” Otto said.
The teller appeared to make a withdrawal and gave the suspect cash – over $2,000 – with a dye pack, set on a timer. It exploded in the parking lot and witnesses were able to make note of the man while he drove away, his clothes and his cash stained. According to police reports, he took off in a Chevy Malibu with personalized plates and was caught minutes later on the 13700 block of Capitol Drive.
When police were arresting him, they allegedly found heroine and other paraphernalia on him.
Otto explained that the man is being held for violating his probation. He has been previously convicted of bail jumping, of maintaining a drug trafficking place in 2011, and possessing cocaine in 2011. He was also convicted of burglary in 2010.
The Village of Pewaukee plans to refer charges for armed robbery (enhanced for the ski mask), possession of drugs and possession of paraphernalia to the District Attorney’s office.
“We’re glad that everything happened the way it did and that everyone is okay. The teller did the right thing,” Otto said.
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