2 men arrested in string of ‘unprecedented’ area bank robberies, police say

Madison police have arrested two Fitchburg men in connection with a string of robberies in the area.

At a news conference Friday, Madison police Chief Mike Koval said 29-year-old Jonathon L. Thompson and 18-year-old Kiefah A. Marbra were arrested Thursday in connection with multiple ongoing bank robbery investigations that took place over about six weeks. Banks in Madison, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie and Middleton were held up.

“We feel very confident that we have dealt them a significant setback and a blow to their opportunities to create more havoc,” Koval said.

Koval said Thompson and Marbra are connected to a crew investigators believe have committed nine robberies between Jan. 8 and Feb. 22.

Chase Bank, on Milwaukee Street, was robbed on Jan. 26, a crime police said is connected to the arrests this week. The same bank was robbed Thursday night, and an armed guard shot and killed a suspected robber. Koval said investigators don’t believe the incident Thursday is connected to the crew with which Thompson and Marbra are accused of being affiliated.

The incidents associated with the arrests Thursday include:

Jan. 8 robbery at Old National Bank, 216 Cottage Grove Road, Madison
Jan. 26 robbery at Chase Bank, 4513 Milwaukee St., Madison
Jan. 30 robbery at Associated Bank, 3002 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg
Feb. 2 robbery at Old National Bank, 302 N. Midvale Blvd., Madison
Feb. 8 robbery at Associated Bank, 1720 Monroe St., Madison
Feb. 13 robbery at Old National Bank, 1516 W. Main St., Sun Prairie
Feb. 19 robbery at Associated Bank, 2420 Allen Blvd., Middleton
Feb. 22 robbery at Wells Fargo, 6622 University Ave., Middleton
Feb. 22 robbery at U.S. Bank, 4602 East Towne Blvd., Madison

Thompson and Marbra are facing tentative charges of armed robbery.

2 men arrested in string of ‘unprecedented’ area bank robberies, police say

Police are continuing to investigate the string of robberies, Koval said. Officials are asking for the public’s help in gathering information. Anyone with information regarding the crimes is asked to contact the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.