Public tips, traffic cameras lead to arrest of bank robbery suspect in Illinois
FREEPORT, Ill. (WSAW) - License plate recognition cameras played a major role in the detection and arrest of a Wausau bank robbery suspect.
On May 20, a man entered WoodTrust Bank on East Bridge Street in Wausau. The man asked to make a withdrawal. He was given a withdrawal slip. Court documents state he wrote “$50s $100s NOW!” on the slip and gave it to the bank employee. Officers said the suspect did not display a firearm, but implied having a firearm and demanded money. A count of the bank drawer showed he had been given $850.
A surveillance photo was obtained from the bank’s security system and distributed to local media. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a Green Bay Packers hoodie and Steelers face mask. Court documents state Wausau Police received tips naming the suspect as Tommy Pittman, 55. Police were told Pittman had worn the same clothing the night before the robbery.
They were also told he may be in Freeport, Illinois.
Wausau Police contacted Freeport Police and shared Pittman’s description and vehicle information.
Freeport Police pulled records for its cameras and first spotted Pittman’s vehicle on I-39/I-90 at 7:20 p.m. on May 20-- the day of the robbery. Pittman’s vehicle continued to be detected until May 23 at 9:41 p.m. Pittman’s vehicle was later found parked on Galena Avenue in Freeport.
Several cities have used American Rescue Plan Act dollars to purchase license plate recognition cameras. The goal of cameras is to reduce violent crime and aid police in investigations.
Pittman was taken into custody Thursday morning in Freeport, Illinois. Pittman is a Wausau resident, previously having resided in Illinois.
The Wausau Police Department is requesting Pittman be charged with robbery of a financial institution. The timing of Pittman’s extradition to Marathon County and initial appearance on charges is not yet determined.
Johnson Carter Jr., who turned himself in on unrelated warrants last week, is cleared of involvement in this incident.
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