Man charged in February robbery of Janesville bank, two others

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Nico Savidge
Friday, July 12, 2013

JANESVILLE—A former Pewaukee man told police he robbed a Janesville bank in February to get money for his heroin addiction, according to court documents.

Justin S. Burns, 22, admitted he stole about $2,000 from the U.S. Bank at 2732 Milton Ave. on Feb. 16, according to a criminal complaint.

A bank employee told police Burns walked up to her window and handed her a note that read, “This is a robbery. Give me your $100s and $50s. I have a gun. Hurry up and smile,” according to the complaint.

Burns told police that after the robbery he drove back to Waukesha County and used the money to buy heroin.

Prosecutors filed an arrest warrant charging Burns with one count of armed robbery Wednesday.

He is being held in the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun, court records show.

The U.S. Bank holdup was the first of three bank robberies authorities believe Burns committed last spring.

Prosecutors in Washington County have charged him with robbing a bank there 10 days after the Janesville robbery.

Burns was caught fleeing a third robbery March 18 in Pewaukee, according to the complaint.

“Burns stated he is a heroin addict and would have continued to commit robberies to feed his addiction until he was caught,” according to the complaint.

Online records show no scheduled court dates for Burns in Rock County.

He has been charged with robbery with the threat of force in Washington and Waukesha counties, court records show. He is due to make an adjourned initial appearance in Waukesha County Court on July 25.

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