A man who reportedly announced to a Brookfield bank teller on May 16 at about 11:15 a.m. that he was robbing the bank ended up leaving empty handed after the teller told him she couldn’t give him any money.
In the wake of the attempted robbery at First National Bank of Brookfield, 9136 Washington Ave., police requested soft lockdowns at S.E. Gross Middle School and Hollywood School in Brookfield and Riverside-Brookfield High School in Riverside.
The lockdowns were in place for about 30 minutes before being lifted just after noon, said Brookfield Police Chief Michael Kuruvilla. The bank remained closed for business as of 1:25 p.m. and the FBI was on scene.
According to Kuruvilla, the suspected bank robber at first passed a note to the teller announcing the robbery. The teller apparently did not recognize what was written on the note as a robbery announcement, so the man reportedly announced the robbery verbally.
The man did not display a weapon and at no time did he imply he was armed, police said.
The teller reportedly brushed off the man’s announcement and he fled the bank and left the area by car, which was last seen driving through the Veterans Memorial Circle at Eight Corners. There was no further information on the make or model of the vehicle in which the man fled.
Brookfield police described the offender as a man in his mid-40s, standing about 5-foot-5 and wearing a red shirt, tan pants and a blue hat. Brookfield police have turned over the investigation to the FBI.