Woman arrested in Little Chute bank robbery

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Police received a report of an armed robbery at East Wisconsin Savings Bank at 12:37 p.m. Monday. (June 5, 2017)
Ethan Safran| USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

LITTLE CHUTE – A 55-year-old Kaukauna woman was arrested Monday afternoon in a bank robbery with a knife in Little Chute earlier in the day. 

Laurie Rogers was booked into the Outagamie County Jail just after 5 p.m. on a charge of robbery of a financial institution, according to jail records.

She was arrested by Fox Valley Metro Police, Chief Erik Misselt said in a statement at 5:30 p.m., about five hours after the robbery at East Wisconsin Savings Bank in Little Chute was reported.

Police received the report of an armed robbery at the bank, 1805 E. Main St., at 12:37 p.m., Michael Lambie, Fox Valley Metro police community support officer, said earlier. 

The suspect — who was described to police as a white woman in her 50s or 60s — left in a red sedan. 

She was in the bank for a very short period of time, Lambie said. 

No one was injured during the incident. 

Lambie was not aware of any customers being in the bank when the robbery happened, but multiple employees saw the suspect and vehicle. 

Kaukauna police had contact with Rogers earlier in the day, and based on the description and other information, contacted Fox Valley Metro police regarding her being a possible person of interest, Misselt said.

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“The more we looked into it and then as soon as we looked at some of the footage and then talked with the witnesses, it became far more clear,” he said.

She was then arrested at her home. Misselt was not aware of the weapon having been recovered as of Monday evening.

Since the investigation is continuing, police didn’t have information Monday evening as to a motive. 

Misselt declined to say how much money was taken. 

“We’re not releasing that at this point because we’re still in the process of attempting recovery and doing what we need to do to follow up on the investigation,” he said.

Alison Dirr: 920-996-7266 or [email protected]; on Twitter @AlisonDirr; Ethan Safran: 920-996-7267, or [email protected]; on Twitter @EthanSafran

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