Police still searching for Edgerton bank robber
Anyone with information about Monday's robbery at the Bank of Edgerton can call Edgerton police Lt. Bob Bolgrihn at (608) 884-3321 ext. 509.
EDGERTON A bank robbery caused little disturbance in Edgerton but plenty of talk later.
Residents were abuzz about a robbery at the Bank of Edgerton, 102 N. Main St., within hours of a holdup alarm reported at 1:26 p.m. Monday even though few details had been released.
Police still were searching for the robber this morning.
In a news release, Edgerton Police Chief Tom Klubertanz described the robber as male, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 200 pounds with a stocky build, wearing a maroon hooded sweatshirt. The race of the robber was not noted.
Klubertanz told WCLO Radio he could not confirm there was only one robber but said police were searching for only one person Monday afternoon. Klubertanz, who told a Janesville Gazette reporter at the scene to leave and "go back to your office," did not return calls to the Gazette.
The robber did not display a weapon and fled on foot in downtown Edgerton with an undisclosed amount of cash, he told the radio station. The department notified the FBI on Monday.
Small clues alerted residents to the disturbance Monday.
Edgerton police and Rock County sheriff's deputies patrolled the city in the hours after the robbery.
Police tape surrounded part of the bank building, and a police car blocked one driveway for about an hour after the holdup alarm.
A white sheet of paper on the door of the bank read, "Due to unforeseen circumstances the bank is temporarily closed."
Abigail Boyer was walking a dog for siblings Jefferey and Sarah Larson, who live next door to the bank, shortly after the robbery. Klubertanz told her to take the dog inside, she said.
Jefferey, Sarah and friend Michael Hogg were inside the house. They didn't know anything was wrong until Boyer came inside, they said.
"I'm surprised we didn't hear anything," Hogg said. "No shouting, no nothing."
Boyer saw police escort four or five people out of the bank, she said. The friends watched police with dogs search nearby alleys and parking lots.
People in neighboring businesses said they knew nothing of the robbery until police arrived.
"I didn't know anything, and then a customer came in and said, ‘What's going on with the bank?'" said Joan Hausser, an employee at the Citgo gas station across the street.
Her boss had been in the bank 10 minutes before it was robbed, she said.
"It all happened so quiet, so fast," she said. "All of a sudden, there was police there putting up tape."