Mukwonago man charged with committing cordial robbery in Brookfield
Employees said the robber wished them a good night and apologized for the theft
A 30-year-old Mukwonago man was charged with allegedly robbing a Subway Restaurant in the Town of Brookfield on March 13. Employees at the Subway said the robber was unusually cordial, introducing himself as “Mike,” apologizing for taking the store’s money and wishing them a good night.
Salvador Sanchez was charged on March 18 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with robbery with threat of force, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment, $50,000 in fines, or both.
Sanchez is a suspect in two other robberies in the City of Waukesha, a Waukesha Police detective said in the complaint.
According to the criminal complaint:
Town of Brookfield police officers were dispatched at about 10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 to a Subway Restaurant on West Bluemound Road after receiving reports of a robbery.
An employee, Abraham Garcia, 23, told police that him and another employee were counting down the register shortly before closing time when a man came charging through the doors.
Garcia said the man told the employees: “I’m sorry to do this guys, but give me all your money in the drawer.”
He then lifted his shirt, revealing a gun he had tucked inside his pants. He grabbed the majority of the cash, Garcia said, and turned to exit, dropping a $5 bill on the floor. The other employee working that night, Mandy Books, told police the man said before exiting: “Thanks guys, have a good night. By the way, the name’s Mike.”
Video surveillance from the incident was posted to media outlets by the Brookfield Police Department and a City of Waukesha detective said he recognized the subject as Sanchez. He said that Sanchez was also a suspect in two other robberies in Waukesha.
Both of the employees identified Sanchez from a police photo array, though neither could say with 100 percent certainty he was the robber.
Sanchez is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on March 29.
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