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$8,500 reward offered for serial bank robber


$8,500 reward offered for serial bank robber

By Tom Murray. CREATED Jul 10, 2012 - UPDATED: Jul 10, 2012

GERMANTOWN - Authorities say a serial bank robber has hit nine Wisconsin banks, most of them in Milwaukee's suburbs.
Banks are offering a joint $8,500 dollar reward for information leading to the man's arrest and conviction.  The suspect favors long sleeve t-shirts and baseball caps.  He appears to have a scruffy beard.
"This individual is walking into an institution and handing the teller a note indicating that he is robbing the bank and has a gun.  He does not show a gun to date," said Wisconsin Bankers Association President & CEO Rose Oswald Poels.
This wanted man has been eluding law enforcement for nearly two months.
"Very bold, very dangerous.  Nine bank robberies.  Very desperate," Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.  "My primary motivation for doing this interview today is to appeal to the public.  We believe, obviously, someone knows this individual."
The Federal Bureau of Investigation provided this list of the nine banks they believe were struck by the same man:
- April 23: Johnson Bank, 3928 60th St, Kenosha
- May 5: PNC Bank, 2356 W. Washington Ave, West Bend
- May 18: Hometown Bank, 245 N. Peters, Fond du Lac
- May 3: M&I Bank, 1301 Hwy 175, Richfield
- June 11: U.S. Bank, 1472 E. Sumnet St, Hartford
- June 15: National Exchange Bank, East 2nd Street, Westfield
- June 27: Associated Bank, 1456 Summit Ave, Oconomowoc
- July 3: Chase Bank, 524 Genesee Ave, Oconomowoc
- July 9: M&I Bank, W156 N11150 Pilgrim Rd, Germantown
"It is a tremendously traumatic event for any individual, whether they're a customer or an employee to go through one of these events," said Rose Oswald Poels.  "You're always worried then about the next individual who comes in the door."
The suspect is described as a white male between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, with brown hair and thin build (160 - 180 lbs).  In one incident, witnesses described his vehicle as a green 1990s Plymouth Voyager or Dodge Caravan that might have a maroon or purple hood.
Anyone with information is urged to call their local police or the FBI Milwaukee Division at 414-276-4684.