Area police departments team with FBI to investigate string of armed bank robberies | Crime

Police departments in Madison, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie and Middleton, along with the FBI, are working to identify a man believed to be involved in several area armed bank robberies.

The man is suspected of robbing several banks while wearing all black with his face partially covered with a mask and displaying a handgun, Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

Madison police detectives and FBI investigators have met to discuss the cases, Middleton Capt. Steve Britt said.

A meeting with area agencies will take place Monday to work on the case collaboratively, he said.

Sun Prairie Det. Sgt. Ryan Cox also confirmed the groups are working together.

“We want to make sure that we’re taking every opportunity that we can to share information,” Cox said.

DeSpain said a Madison police criminal analyst is working with the departments to identify patterns relating to times and locations to help determine who the culprit is and what banks he might rob in the future.

FBI spokesman Leonard Peace confirmed the bureau is assisting the local departments.

DeSpain said it is regular practice for the FBI to be involved with robberies at Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) member banks and credit unions.

One Sun Prairie bank is believed to have been hit by the robber, Cox said.

According to police, a man matching the same description was involved in recent robberies at:

  • Old National Bank, 216 Cottage Grove Road, at 9:15 a.m. Jan. 8.
  • Associated Bank, 3002 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30.
  • Old National Bank, 302 N. Midvale Blvd., 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2.
  • Associated Bank, 1720 Monroe St., 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8.
  • Old National Bank, 1516 W. Main St., Sun Prairie, 11:45 a.m. Feb. 13.
  • Associated Bank, 2420 Allen Blvd., Middleton, 5:30 p.m. Monday.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, 6622 University Ave., Middleton, 12:15 p.m. Thursday.
  • U.S. Bank, 4602 East Towne Blvd., 2 p.m. Thursday.
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A third robbery on Thursday at the Associated Bank on Monroe Street is not likely related to this string of robberies, DeSpain said, but it could be related to another suspected repeat robber who had worn a mask based on the comic book character Deadpool in a handful of bank robberies in Madison.

Although the man at the Monroe Street bank Thursday did not wear the Deadpool mask, DeSpain said investigators believe it could be the same person.