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Sheriffs Department identifies suspect in Sussex bank robbery

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department has identified a suspect believed to be involved in the Dec. 10 robbery of Associated Bank in Sussex.

The department executed a warrant on Friday, Feb. 7, to search a 30-year-old man’s phone records. According to the warrant affidavit, the man was found walking with a friend less than a block from the bank shortly after the robbery occurred. He also made suspicious statements to police during an investigation into his mother’s death.

The Sussex Sun does not typically name suspects unless charges are filed.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a holdup alarm at Associated Bank, N64 W23710 Main St., at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10. By the time officers arrived, the suspect had already fled the scene in a brown SUV with over $3,000 in cash.

According to the affidavit, an officer doing field interviews near Elmwood Avenue and Main Street made contact with two men about two hours after the robbery. The officer said in the affidavit that the men seemed “very nervous” and claimed they were in the area because they had heard about the robbery and wanted to “check it out.”

The 30-year-old man apparently had a brown Chevy Tahoe registered in his name, the affidavit states.

Sheriffs deputies were called in a week later to investigate the death of the 30-year-old man’s mother. The man explained to police in the affidavit that he lived with his mother and they were in the process of being evicted before she died.

He said he tried to offer the landlord $1,500 to $2,000 in back rent, but the landlord refused, the affidavit states. Police learned through their investigation that the man worked as a cabinet maker and had only been employed since mid-November, the complaint states. He apparently left work at 3:17 p.m. on Dec. 10, one hour and twenty minutes before the robbery, the affidavit states.

The officers conducting the death investigation had difficulty contacting the man about his mother’s death, despite the fact that no foul play was suspected, the complaint states. He refused to meet in person and at one point asked an officer, “Is there another reason you need to talk to me?”

Officers had never questioned the man before the robbery, the complaint states.

The man was previously convicted of disorderly conduct in July 2012, according to court records.

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