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UPDATE: Two in Custody After Morning Bank Robbery

The area around Associated Bank was on lockdown after a man and woman's behavior suggested attempted robbery. Nobody was injured.

An attempted robbery at Wednesday morning leads to a 31-year-old man and 28-year-old woman in custody at the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. 

Nobody was injured, but information from police says evidence was found on the man that suggested he planned to rob the bank. The report didn't specify if it was a weapon.

Police were called to the bank at 9:16 a.m. as onlookers watched a flood of police cars storm down Main Street to the intersection at Orchard Drive. 

Detective Steve Pederson at the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said a male and female are now in custody for the attempted robbery. 

Pederson released an official statement late Wednesday afternoon saying a man "dressed in a large winter jacket wearing gloves and sunglasses entered the bank." After the man started talking with bank employees and acting oddly, they contacted police.

A man "dressed in a large winter jacket wearing gloves and sunglasses entered the bank."

According to the report, a female accomplice was waiting outside for the man in a running car. He ended up leaving the bank without causing a disturbance, but based on how oddly the man was dressed on such a hot day, in addition to his odd behavior, he and the woman were detained.

Employees at across the street from Associated Bank said they watched as police cars put the intersection on complete lockdown and estimated about 16 cars were at the scene within minutes.

"When I was finished cutting my clients hair, she wasn't allowed to leave for probably 30 minutes because of the robbery."

Sue Kwiatkowski, a stylist at the salon, said it wasn't scary, but it was very shocking.

"We heard all the commotion while I was styling someone's hair, so we looked out the window and there must have been 16 cars there," Kwiatkowski said. "When I was finished cutting my clients hair, she wasn't allowed to leave for probably 30 minutes because of the robbery."

Kwiatkowski took photos of police with her iPhone through the window as police stormed the bank, rifles raised. 

In addition, according to bank employees, Associated Bank will be closed for the day. They refused to comment further. 

Editor's Note: Patch updated this article at 4:07 p.m. on Wednesday with new information from Steve Pederson.

Amy Martin March 21, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Glad no one was hurt and they have the guys responsible!
M C March 22, 2012 at 08:20 PM
How will they convict the guy if he didn't actually attempt to rob the bank? I don't think he can be convicted merely for thinking about robbing the bank. Perhaps there will be some other weapons charge.

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