Janesville, Watertown investigating 2009 bank robberies
Janesville Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the 2009 Janesville and Watertown bank robberies.
Watertown police also are offering a reward, though the amount was not disclosed.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Buescher at (608) 755-3147 or detective Dave Brower in Watertown at (920) 261-6660.
CrimeStoppers can be reached at (608) 756-3636.
JANESVILLE Janesville and Watertown police are looking for new leads in a pair of 2009 bank robberies they believe were committed by the same person.
Janesville detective Chris Buescher said the departments have no new information on the cases, but they decided to again ask the public for help as the second anniversary of Watertown's robbery passed.
Mid America Bank, 2317 Milton Ave., Janesville, was robbed June 29, 2009. A man in his mid 20s or early 30s handed the teller a note demanding money, but he didn't brandish a weapon.
Nearly five weeks later, Associated Bank in Watertown was robbed by a man with a similar description. Buescher said when he a saw surveillance recording from the Watertown bank, he was confident it was the same person.
Buescher believed the Janesville case is the city's only unsolved bank robbery. Detectives from both departments spoke recently and decided they would try to find new information.
"It was pretty much growing cold," Buescher said. "We're just trying to revitalize it and see if anyone missed anything the first time."
Police in 2009 described the suspect as a white male about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 190 pounds. He had dark hair, brown eyes and a goatee during the Janesville robbery but a full, closely cropped beard weeks later in Watertown, police said.