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UPDATE: Bank robbery suspect arrested thanks to detective's hunch and crime analyst's work

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

UPDATED Thursday, March 6, 2014 --- 10:10 p.m.

Caleb Klebig is a crime analyst with the Madison Police Department.

He is the brain behind an operation that led to the arrest of 28-year-old Scottie Patterson, a suspected bank robber.

Klebig says he "just went off of a hunch more or less".

He tracked the behavior in the robberies that a disguised man committed at a few different banks -- twice on Whitney Way, and once on McKee Road.

Klebig says he looks for specific pattern. "The things that they're saying to the teller, are they striking on the same days, are they striking at the same time, are they wearing the same outfits," Klebig explained are some of the questions he asks himself.

With the work of the crime analyst, police knew the robber would strike again -- this time, they thought, at the Copps grocery store in Middleton.

Yesterday afternoon, that prediction came true.

Detectives from the Middleton Police Department saw a suspicious man at the store... and sure enough, it was Scottie Patterson.

He robbed the Guaranty Bank inside, and was apprehended shortly thereafter.

Not only did he admit to the robbery he committed that day, but he also admitted robbing an Associated Bank on McKee Road on February 20th, and an Associated Bank branch on Whitney Way on February 26th and December 13th.

"We've been able to work as a team and just move forward with apprehending this individual," Klebig said.

Klebig identified "eleven similarly situated financial institutions that would be a potential target," according to an incident report released by the Madison Police Department.


UPDATED Thursday, March 6, 2014 --- 3:00 p.m.

Madison Police say the arrest of a suspected bank robber is thanks in part to a detective's hunch and the hard work of a crime analyst.

Scottie Patterson was arrested Wednesday after allegedly trying to rob the Guaranty Bank located in the Copps at 6800 Century Ave.

Police say this bank was one of several they predicted the robber would target.

It started when a West District MPD detective investigating two robberies suspected one man was behind the crimes. The robberies happened at banks inside grocery stores. You can read about one of those crimes by clicking HERE.

The detective asked a MPD crime analyst to study her hunch.

The analyst did, and put out a crime bulletin with specific predictors.

The analyst believed the suspect would strike again on March 5th or 6th between 2 and 7 p.m.

He also identified 11 similar banks that would be potential targets, including the Guaranty Bank in Middleton.

Police stepped up patrols around the potential banks. Middleton Police had officers set up at the Guaranty Bank as well.

The bank was robbed around 2:40 p.m. On March 5th, just as the analyst predicted. After a short foot chase, Middleton officers had Patterson in custody.

Police say Patterson has confessed to the Middleton robbery, the other two robberies in February and another in December.

Patterson reportedly told officers he needed money to support a heroin addiction.


Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 --- 6:34 a.m.

On Wednesday at 2:40 PM, Middleton Police Detectives observed a suspicious person wearing a partial face mask and carrying a backpack enter the Guaranty Bank, located in the Copps Food Center at 6800 Century Ave. Moments later the man exited the bank and was confronted by Detectives. The man fled to the backside of the shopping center where he was apprehended at gunpoint, as the Middleton Police Communications Center received a holdup alarm from the Guaranty Bank.

An investigation verified that the bank had just been robbed by a masked man.

No one was injured and the man was not armed. Police are investigating whether this incident is related to other recent area bank robberies in the City of Madison.

Arrested on a tentative charge of robbery and outstanding warrants was 28-year old Scottie T. Patterson who resides in the City of Madison.

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