Police Incident Reports
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Incident Date02/26/2014 - 6:39 PM
Address620 S. Whitney Way (Associated Bank)
Suspect(s)Scottie T. Patterson, age 28, Madison
In Madison, the suspect is being tentatively charged with three counts of robbery.
UpdateThe crime bulletin went out to area law enforcement agencies shortly after an Associated Bank branch, on S. Whitney Way, was robbed on February 26th. It said one potential target, the suspect could hit, was a specific Middleton bank, and that the robbery might take place sometime after 2:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon. And guess what? That's exactly what happened, and Middleton Police were there to make the arrest.
More and more often, law enforcement is turning to predictability of criminal behavior in order to police smarter and more efficiently, deploying limited resources wisely in tough budgetary times. In this case, it really paid off.
Here's how it started: A West District MPD detective, investigating two recent robberies believed the same suspect might be responsible for both heists: the February 20th holdup at the Associated Bank branch on McKee Rd., and the February 26th robbery on S. Whitney Way. Descriptions were similar, so too were the way the crimes went down, and both involved banks inside grocery stores.
The detective asked a MPD crime analyst to study her hunch, take an in-depth look at the criminal's modus operandi. The analyst did, and he put out a crime bulletin with specific predictors. The bulletin was shared, electronically, with other area police departments.
In part, the analyst believed the suspect could rob again on Wednesday, March 5th, or on Thursday, March 6th, between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. He based this on many factors including: the dollar amount taken in previous robberies, the types of banks hit, and the number of days between strikes. He identified 11 similarly situated financial institutions that would be potential targets: five in Madison, three in Fitchburg, one in Shorewood Hills, and the one in Middleton.
Yesterday, the MPD was stepping up patrols around possible targets.
The Middleton Police Department was also taking a pro-active stance, as officers set up on their city's location: the Guaranty Bank, 6800 Century Ave.
Around 2:40 p.m. – right in the window the analyst had predicted – the bank was robbed. After a short foot chase Middleton officers had a suspect in custody.
He has now confessed, not only to the Middleton robbery, but to three in Madison: the two robberies mentioned above, and another at the Associated Bank branch on Whitney Way that occurred on December 13, 2013. The suspect indicated he needed money to support a heroin addiction.
Crime analysis played a key role in his arrest. Currently, the MPD is utilizing three civilian analysts to assist day-to-day departmental operations, supplying commanders with data-based information so they can make effective decisions directing limited resources.
Surveillance photos have been added to this release. No weapon was displayed in this robbery, and detectives believe it could be linked to another recent holdup: the February 20 robbery at the Associated Bank branch on McKee Rd. (MPD case number 2014-53645.)
Anyone with information on either case is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.
Last updated 03/06/2014 at 2:00 PM by PIO Joel DeSpain
DetailsThe Associated Bank inside Copps grocery was robbed by a male suspect who fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
If you have any information about this incident please contact the Madison Police Department or Madison Area Crime Stoppers.
Released 02/26/2014 at 9:31 PM by Paul Jacobsen