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Forum Communications, Published September 07 2012

Suspect arrested following western Wis. bank robbery

A Minnesota woman is in custody after an armed robbery at Eagle Valley Bank in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Friday morning.

Tanya Kay Anderson, 39, of Stanchfield, Minn. was arrested and charged with armed robbery. She was also arrested on a warrant for issuance of worthless checks which was issued in Wisconsin in 2008.

According to the Polk County, Wis. Sheriff's Department, a 911 call was received by dispatch at around 11:25 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, concerning a robbery at the downtown bank, 102 N. Washington St., St. Croix Falls.

The bank employees reported that a woman entered the bank at 11:16 a.m. wearing a yellow safety vest, a baseball cap and sun glasses. She showed a note to a teller advising of a robbery and ordering the teller to give her money. There was a threat of a weapon, although no weapon was observed by the teller.

The teller complied with the demands, according to the Sheriff's report, and the suspect immediately left the bank. She left with an undisclosed amount of money.

Bank employees called 911 and were able to provide a description of the woman, as well as a description of the care she left in. The car traveled south toward Highway 8.

A St. Croix Falls Police Department sergeant, who was advised of the robbery, observed a vehicle that fit the description turn west on Highway 8. He stopped the vehicle and the suspect was taken into custody. The stolen money as well as other evidence was allegedly recovered from the suspect's vehicle.

The joint investigation of the bank robbery continues by the St. Croix Falls Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff's Office, with assistance of the FBI.

Anyone with additional information about the bank robbery is encouraged to contact the St. Croix Falls Police at (715) 483-9282 or the Sheriff's office at (715) 485-8300.

The same bank was robbed on March 2, 2012. No one has yet been arrested in that robbery.