Robber leaves purported backpack bomb at Watertown bank

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Police are asking the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a Watertown bank Monday.

The Watertown Police Department said officers are investigating a bank robbery at the State Bank of Reeseville on West Main Street. 

Police said that at 2:53 p.m. a man entered the State Bank of Reeseville, approached a teller, displayed a large-frame black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash.

According to the report, the robber also left a camouflage backpack on the floor, and said it was a bomb with a motion device. The robber fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash through the south doors and is believed to have left the bank lot in a vehicle.

The robber is described as white, 6 feet tall, weighting 180 pounds between 25 to 35 years old. He was wearing white long-sleeve shirt, brown straw fedora-type sun hat with a band, tattoos on left side of neck covered with a large adhesive bandage and a pink hand towel around his neck.

The Milwaukee police bomb squad and Federal Bureau of Investigation helped Watertown police safely remove the purported bomb from the bank and dispose of it. The backpack did not contain explosives.

Citizens with information about the robbery are asked to contact the Watertown police at 920-261-6660 or provide information anonymously by using Tip-411 found on the department website Watertownpolice.com.

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