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Police departments credit teamwork, crime analysis for bank robbery bust

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MADISON, Wisconsin (WKOW) -- Middleton Police are crediting teamwork and crime analysis for the recent arrest of an alleged bank robber.

Scottie Patterson, 28, was arrested Wednesday in connection with a robbery at the Guaranty Bank branch at a Copps grocery store at 6800 Century Ave. in Middleton.

Middleton Police Detective Sgt. Troy Hellenbrand said his department was surveilling the store at 2:40 p.m. when they spotted Patterson entering the bank.

Hellenbrand said Middleton officers were stationed at the Copps because of a previous tip from the Madison Police Department.

Madison crime analysts, including Caleb Klebig, began examining the details of a pair of similar bank robberies that occurred in February. One happened at a Copps store on McKee Road. The other happened at the Copps on Whitney way. Both stores contain bank branches.

Police also believed the same person was behind a second robbery at the bank branch at Copps on Whitney Way. That one happened in December.

"It made sense that it could be the same individual committing the crimes," Klebig said.

Klebig said he examined details such as what the suspect wore in committing each crime and noticed both robberies were the work of a man with a scarf wrapped around his face. He also said he sought to determine patterns, such as whether the thief was consistently striking at similar times of the day.

"Through all the specific details that we can extract from case reports and other means of information, we can start to narrow down the day of the week, the time the individual is striking, the location of where the individual is striking," Klebig said.

"From there, we can start to use that information to formulate a game plan as to where and when this individual may strike again," Klebig said.

Among the stores that Klebig identified as the thief's next potential target was the aforementioned Guaranty Bank in Middleton.

Wednesday, Hellenbrand said Patterson showed up that store within the time window Klebig predicted. He said officers surveilling the Copps watched Patterson enter, and arrested him within seconds of his emergence.

"It's just amazing (the crime analysts) are able to predict the date, time and location of our next bank robbery," Hellenbrand said.

He also said the arrest sends a strong message about the role of teamwork in law enforcement.

Hellenbrand said the Middleton and Madison police departments have a long history of working together.

"Criminals don't know jurisdictional boundaries," Hellenbrand said. "We're one big area and they're committing crimes throughout the community."

"If we don't share information, we can't work together, we can't connect the dots and see when crimes are connected," he said. "It's important we work together, use the resources of each department, and solve crimes like these to make our community safer."

According to the Madison Police Department's incident report, Patterson has since confessed to all four bank robberies. Police allege he was seeking money to support a heroin addiction.

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