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Janesville bank robbed again

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Ted Sullivan
August 7, 2010
— For the fifth time in about 10 years, a gunman robbed Mid America Bank in Janesville on Friday.

The bank, 2317 Milton Ave., was robbed at 11:14 a.m. when a man with a black, semiautomatic handgun demanded money from a clerk, Sgt. Charles Aagaard said.


The robber left and got into a Kia passenger car parked outside, Aagaard said. He drove south on the Milton Avenue frontage road before turning north on Milton Avenue.


No one was injured, Aagaard said, and the robber stole an undisclosed amount of money.


The clerk described the robber as being a white man, 5 feet 9 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 180 pounds, with short dark hair. He was clean-shaven and wearing sunglasses, a dark T-shirt and blue jeans.


He fled in a black, four-door Kia with no front license plate. The car might have been a 2006 Optima model or newer.


Mid America Bank was robbed in February 1999, November 2003, June 2005 and June 2009, according to police records.


Detective Erik Goth said police have worked with the bank to stop robberies. A sergeant also has met with employees to make safety suggestions, which were followed.


“They continuously have heightened their surveillance and security measures,” Goth said.


The bank, however, continues to be a target for an unknown reason, he said.


“There is obviously something attractive about it,” Goth said, suggesting it might be its location.



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