Sussex's Associated Bank Burglarized; Suspect May Be at Large

Employees at the bank walked in on a burglar Saturday morning, and, according to sources, police have yet to locate the man. Sheriff's Department in mum on what happened.

Sussex’s , located at the corner of Main Street and Silver Spring Drive, was burglarized at about 8 a.m. Saturday, and employees apparently caught the man red-handed before he fled.

Kathy Kalis, owner of , located across the street from the bank, snapped photos of Waukesha County sheriff's deputies surrounding the building as they attempted to catch the man in the act.

However, the man may have slipped through their fingers.

“He was apparently in there when the two early girls working got to the bank,” said an onlooker, who asked to remain anonymous. “They just walked in on him. He got in the bank before they got to work, and he must have escaped on foot because police didn’t even find him. That’s all the cops on the scene told us.”

Sussex Patch reader Josh said he often listens to police scanners and can confirm the suspect did escape police. He emailed Patch saying police described the man as a black male in his 20s, wearing a black shirt and black pants with a red seam and black shoes. Police also reported the man with a silver hand gun and kitchen knife.

Avid Sussex Patch reader and blogger Rachel Sciortino told said she saw deputies surrounding the local business at 9:30 a.m., adding that a man told her that someone with a gun was running around near the bank.

When the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was contacted for more information, a desk officer said, “I don't have any information on that whatsoever,” and transferred Patch to a voice mailbox.

Public Information Officer Steve Pederson said a news release will be sent out later this week.

This isn’t the first time Sussex’s Associated Bank has been targeted. Two local criminals were for attempting to rob the bank in March.

Editor's Note: This story was updated with additional information about the suspect.

Mike B July 28, 2012 at 04:34 PM
We drove by there around 10M and were wondering if they were doing some sort of training drill or if there was something else going on. Good to at least know what's going on. There had to be at least8-10 cop cars, k-9 units, and lots of cops with assault rifles.
Johnny Paycheck July 28, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I never really understood why police continue to make a show of force for hours after the criminal is long gone. Would they not have a better chance of apprehending the criminal if they were all out looking for him? He couldn't have gotten far by that point...
Christine Maher July 28, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Why is an armed suspect at large and we know nothing about it for 4 hours?
Donna Goetsch July 28, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Are there not any alarms that go off when a person breaks in a bank?
Anonymous July 29, 2012 at 02:24 AM
It's because you weren't there. I personally asked a cop that was on the scene about it. That was only an hour after it happened. As for why most people didn't know about it, what are they supposed to do? Announce it over a loudspeaker?
Bob July 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM
I was in line at Starbucks about 8:03 when I heard all kind of sirens on Main St east on Main ST. First it was 2 County SHeriff's cars. Then 2 more. And then 2 more for a total of six. Out of curisity, i drove in that direction. When i reached Maple and Main, I could see the squad cars with the lights on down by city hall. As i got closser there was an officer standing by his car with a riffle or shotgun yelling at everyone in the cars to turn around. Turned around in the Piggley Wiggley and that was the last I heard until I read it here.
Kim July 29, 2012 at 01:20 PM
That is the first thing that comes to mind. Why were enployees walking in on him?
Jane July 29, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Several Sussex administrators live elsewhere and commute to their Village jobs. Would we have more effective "off hours" communication with the public if they were also village residents?
Mark Maley July 29, 2012 at 02:27 PM
What's most frustrating about this is that Sheriff's Department has yet to release any information about this -- more than 24 hours later. I'm an editor with Patch and we have very few details on this, and have no idea if suspect has been apprehended.
KIM July 29, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Greg Duncan July 30, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I live across the street from the bank , the bank doesn't care about the people that live on orchard dr . they moved the atm with out a permitt and the village looks the other way .whats next bullets coming though my front windows ! I think it time something is done by the village ! someone needs to buy us out or move the bank to other end of town, theres a nice one thats not open
Dalen November 15, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Stop being a pussy


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