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Teen suspected in Monona, Madison bank robberies


MONONA (WKOW) -- Madison police officials say a 16-year old boy arrested in connection with a Monona bank robbery, is also under investigation in the cases of two, Madison bank heists.

Monona police officials say the boy was arrested in Madison Monday, after evidence left near the scene of Saturday's robbery at the Monona State Bank branch on Bridge Road helped to identify him.

Assistant Dane County District Attorney Michael Walsh tells 27 News the boy is charged in juvenile court with being a party to the bank robbery.

Walsh says the teen cased the bank branch shortly before the robbery, being careful not touch anything inside the bank.

But Walsh says someone else went inside and carried out the heist. Authorities say the bank robber told tellers he had a bomb.

In two Madison robberies last week of the same Anchor Bank branch about a mile from Monona State Bank, thieves told tellers they had explosives.

"The teenager they (Monona police officers) arrested in Madison is a person-of-interest in our two bank robbery cases," Madison Police spokesperson Joel DeSpain tells 27 News.

Monona Police lieutenant Frank Fenton says they have identified a second, teenage suspect, but there's been no arrest. Even though the suspect remains free, Fenton says police officials are aware of the teen's whereabouts.

Walsh says there's been no decision yet on whether to seek to waive the arrested 16-year old into adult court. Walsh says treatment options in the juvenile system, and the teen's past history are among the factors to consider when a waiver is contemplated.

Walsh says the teenager has a prior juvenile record in Minnesota.

Walsh says the boy remains in juvenile custody.

DeSpain says detectives have yet to develop the probable cause necessary to make arrests in the two, Madison bank heists.


MONONA (WKOW) --- A 16-year-old male is under arrest and charged with the Monona bank robbery on June 8th.

Police say evidence recovered from the scene helped lead them to the suspect on Monday.

The Monona State Bank was robbed on Saturday just after 11 a.m.

Madison Police are working with Monona Police to determine if the robbery suspect is linked to the robberies in Madison last week.

If you have any information you are asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.

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