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Sun Prairie Man Charged in 2010 Bank Robbery

Suspect is charged in the robbery of First Federal Bank, which took place nearly two years ago.

A 31-year-old Sun Prairie man is facing charges alleging he robbed a Waukesha bank two years ago in downtown Waukesha.

Paul E. Tusa was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Monday with one count of robbery with a threat of force. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 1:45 p.m. April 29, 2010, Tusa walked into First Federal Bank and told an employee he was there to make a deposit. The employee noted he appeared lost in the bank, so she had him sit at her desk and she gave him a deposit slip.

Tusa pulled his hands out of his front pockets and he was wearing surgical gloves. He told the employee to hand over all her money, which she then did.

Tusa took the money, left the bank and tossed the gloves in a nearby dumpster. Police found the gloves and a DNA test eventually traced them back to Tusa.

Tusa was interviewed at the Dane County Jail and admitted to theft. He said he used to rob pharmacies but didn’t want to do that anymore because he didn’t do drugs anymore. He told police he stole the gloves from a cart in Lake Mills, drove to Waukesha and decided to rob the bank because of nearby construction.

Tusa is out of custody and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. 

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