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Tosa Police Ask Public's Aid in Identifying Robber in M&I Bank Hold-Up

Lone teller faces lone robber in tense encounter Wednesday at bank branch at North Avenue and Swan Boulevard.

Wauwatosa police have released photos and are seeking the help of anyone who might be able to identify the man who robbed an branch Wednesday.

According to a report approved at the same time as the photos and a press release were issued:

At 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, an unknown black male subject entered the bank at 9210 W. North Ave. and approached the lone teller on duty in the front. She told police that he entered purposefully, scanned the room and locked his eyes on her, and she knew in that moment she was going to be robbed.

He walked straight for her and, when a few feet away, said, "This is not a joke. I will kill you." He then pushed a note at her that read, "I want all the money in your drawer."

The report did not say that he ever showed a weapon or referred to one directly, but the teller said she feared for her life as he repeatedly told her to hurry.

He put a bag on the counter and the teller put an undisclosed amount of money from her drawer next to it. He picked up the money and the bag and fled.

The teller hit the silent alarm behind her counter and then went to tell her supervisor.

There were no customers in the bank lobby at the time of the robbery, but a man was entering just as the robber left. He said the man had his head down and did not make eye contact.

He said that after he was in the lobby he glanced out a window and saw the man running through the alley behind the bank and thought it suspicious.

The witness gave substantially the same physical description as did the teller. Neither thought they would be likely to recognize him if they saw him again because he was wearing a hat and sunglasses.

The official police description from the teller, witness and video images is this: A black male in his 30s, 6-feet to 6-feet, 2-inches tall, 160 to 165 pounds, with a medium brown complexion, short mustache and goatee, a small gold stud in each ear and a distinctive tattoo in the general shape of an X on the left side of his neck.

He wore a brown baseball cap, sunglasses and a Navy blue sweat jacket with a dark T-shirt underneath.

According to the press release, the same suspect is believed to have robbed the US Bank at 2303 N. Farwell Ave. in Milwaukee on Jan. 5, possibly  making his getaway in dark full-size sedan, possibly a Chevy Impala.

The police ask anyone who may recognize the suspect or who has any information about the robberies to call the Detective Bureau at 414-471-8430. Callers can remain anonymous.

Jim Price April 24, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Well, Christine, "breaking news" in that the police released photos, reports and an urgent request for help from the public. In that case, I just want people to know as soon as possible, and a breaking news alert is the best tool I have. As for what happened at 67th and Cedar, I don't have a scanner and I have to admit I don't know and probably won't know until the police approve a report for public release, which could be Tuesday or might be Friday. If you see something like this, feel free to give me a call. 414-218-2779.
Satori April 24, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Yeah, that would be brilliant
Jim Price April 24, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I believe I have your answer, although in part it's an educated guess. A woman who lives in the 900 block of North 68th Street (just north of Cedar) reported her van stolen overnight out of her driveway. The dispatch was at 8:13 a.m., so what you likely saw was the investigative phase. The first officer on the scene would have taken a statement and, finding no immediate evidence, made a preliminary report. Then, later in the day, a group of officers would be sent out to canvass the neighborhood, knocking on doors to ask if any other residents had seen anything, looking for evidence of other any other attempted thefts or burglaries in the area, looking for any evidence the thief may have left behind, perhaps in a neighbor's yard, etc. etc. The Tosa police take auto theft pretty seriously, so I wouldn't be surprised they had a lot of boots on the ground.
Jim Price April 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM
And... it turns out I was TOTALLY wrong – proving that a little education and a lot of coincidence makes for a big fool. There definitely was an auto theft nearby, as described. But what you saw was the result of another shocking incident: a burglar alarm had gone off at a residence in the 6600 block of Cedar Street. Police swarmed in to secure the area – and found that the resident had set off her own alarm when she left the house to walk her dog.
pupdog1 April 24, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I'd like to see M&I bank put out a $25,000 reward, especially since they think it is acceptable to run a small branch with only one employee and no security. The kinds of friends this animal has... well, it wouldn't take long.

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