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A Madison crime analyst used factors from previous
similar bank robberies to successfully predict the time and location a robber
might attempt another robbery.
analyst looked at the dollar amount taken in previous robberies, the types of
banks hit and the number of days between hits to identify 11 similar financial
institutions that could be potential targets.
said. “I'm just really trying to hone in on the individual incident and then
looking at it from a broader standpoint and try and put the puzzle together.”
Fitchburg, one in Shorewood Hills and one in Middleton, officials said. He also
predicted the robber would hit another bank on Wednesday or Thursday from 2-7
surrounding departments, several units stepped up patrols around the possible
targets, according to the release.
noticed a suspicious person wearing a partial face mask and carrying a backpack
enter the Guaranty Bank inside Copps grocery store at 6800 Century Ave., which
was the predicted Middleton location.
detectives, according to the release. The man fled to the back of the shopping
center where he was arrested at gunpoint.
Shortly after that, the Middleton Police Dispatch Center
received a holdup alarm from the bank, and investigators verified the bank had
just been robbed by a masked man, officials said.
know the specific times that something might occur is very beneficial to us,
and obviously paid off for everybody yesterday," Sgt. Troy Hellenbrand,
with the Middleton Police Department, said. "I think we were all kind of
amazed that the date, time and location that were predicted actually did come
Klebig said while the computer software has come a long
way and can help narrow down the time and place a future crime might occur,
there needs to be someone analyzing that information.
means to police more efficiently and effectively,” Klebig said.
robber, Scottie T. Patterson, 28, of Madison, was not armed, according to the
other robberies in Madison; the robbery of an Associated Bank branch on South
Whitney Way on Feb. 26, the robbery of an Associated Bank branch on McKee Road
on Feb. 20, and another one at the Associated Bank branch on Whitney Way on
Dec. 13. Patterson told police he needed the money for heroin.
charges of robbery and on an outstanding warrant. He also faces tentative
charges of three counts of robbery in Madison.
Thursday, March 6 2014, 10:12 PM CST
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