Suspect to stand trial in Edgerton bank robbery

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Ted Sullivan
Thursday, October 28, 2010
— The Stoughton man suspected of robbing an Edgerton bank Oct. 1, because of familyand money problems was bound over for trial Wednesday.

Charles Aegerter Sr., 62, appeared in Rock County Court and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He is scheduled to enter a plea Dec. 16 to a felony charge of robbery.

According to Aegerter's wife and the criminal complaint:

Aegerter's son, Sam, 30, of Janesville was fatally shot June 4 after a dispute at the Five Points intersection in Janesville.

Aegerter lost his job at General Motors after 42 years, and he was fighting to keep his home of 10 years out of foreclosure.

He has no criminal record.

Aegerter is accused of robbing the Bank of Edgerton, using a threatening note and a fake bomb.

He later hired an attorney and turned himself in because he kept thinking about the teller's face and how he had scared her.

He told investigators his real plan was to be killed by a police officer. He thought his life insurance would take care of his family and mortgage.

The robbery disrupted downtown Edgerton for hours after officials closed streets and evacuated nearby businesses. Police and K-9 officers searched for the robber. The Dane County Bomb Squad used a robot to destroy the phony bomb.

If convicted, Aegerter faces a maximum 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Last updated: 3:07 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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