FBI Seeks Suspects in 8 Credit Union, Bank Robberies
In one case in Wauwatosa, the two subjects robbed three telllers at gunpoint and made off in a stolen car, found burned a short time later. In Racine, the same bank was hit twice, two weeks apart.
Local law enforcement and the FBI are seeking suspects in at least eight credit union and bank robberies in the past month throughout Southeast Wisconsin, according to our partners at Fox 6 News.
The FBI Milwaukee Division is seeking the public’s help in identifying these serial robbery suspects at seven credit unions and one bank, all thought to be related and committed by the same subjects.
The robberies occurred at the following financial institutions, Fox News said:
- Oct. 18: Educators Credit Union, 7139 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale
- Oct. 22: Landmark Credit Union, 6219 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant
- Oct. 23: Landmark Credit Union, 1931 Grove Avenue, Racine
- Nov. 5: TruStone Financial, 2707 30th Ave., Kenosha
- Nov. 6: Landmark Credit Union, 1931 Grove Avenue, Racine
- Nov. 13: North Shore Bank, 6906 Green Bay Road, Kenosha
- Nov. 16: Landmark Credit, 3600 N. 124th Ave., Wauwatosa
- Nov. 20: Southern Lakes Credit Union, 5001 60th Street, Kenosha
Anyone with information on these cases is urged to call local law enforcement or the FBI Milwaukee Division at 414-276-4684.
In the Wauwatosa robbery, two men entered the Landmark Credit Union on Thursday, wearing masks and each with a gun. One of them robbed three tellers of an undisclosed amount of cash while the other watched the door, according to police reports.
As they left, one of the suspects pushed on the left of the double doors, which was locked. Instead of trying the right-hand door, he took aim at the door with his pistol and pulled the trigger.
Two witnesses saw it and distinctly heard a loud click. The gun didn't go off. The second of the robbers pushed past and out the right-hand door, and his accomplice followed.
Video footage showed the two suspects fleeing in a 2007 Acura that had been parked just outside the doors. It would prove to have been reported stolen about two weeks previously in Waukegan, Ill., according to Wauwatosa police.
Two hours later, Milwaukee police contacted the Wauwatosa Police Department to say that they had found the car – burned to a crisp in a field on the city's northwest side, just off of North 99th St.
According to police reports, it was difficult to find a vehicle identification number that was readable on the hulk. A lighter was found on the ground just below the open gas tank door.
In Racine County, first the Landmark Credit Union in Mount Pleasant on Washington Avenue was robbed by two men wearing masks. One displayed a silver handgun and after getting an undisclosed amount of cash, fled on foot.
The building is located near the corner of Emmertsen Road and Washington Avenue just down the street from Westridge Elementary. At the time of the robbery, school was being dismissed so police investigators are hoping adults in the area may have seen something that will lead them to the suspects.
The next day, though, another Landmark Credit Union, this one in Racine, was also robbed at gunpoint. Instead of two perpetrators, this robbery was pulled off by a single suspect displaying a handgun.
Two weeks later, the same branch was robbed again, this time by three suspects, according to a press release from the Racine Police Department. The statement does not indicate whether or not a weapon was displayed during this incident.