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September 08, 2010 | 08:51 AM
Twin Lakes — Police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the Aug. 31 armed robbery at First Banking Center in Pell Lake.

On Tuesday, Bloomfield Police Chief Steve Cole said about $3,000 believed to have been stolen during the robbery was recovered after Twin Lakes police apprehended Jeremiah J. Ward without incident Saturday, Sept. 4, at about 2:22 a.m.

Ward, W1347 Bernice Road, Bloomfield Township, is facing felony charges of armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to an online court record.

However, Cole said Ward has no specific address and has been staying with a friend in Burlington.

The charges stem from the Aug. 31 robbery at First Banking Center, N1264 Park Road.

Cole said the recovered money isn't all that was stolen during the robbery, in which someone wearing a vintage-style hockey goalie's mask and carrying a semi-automatic handgun walked away with an undiscolsed amount of cash at about 10:25 a.m.

"There was a lot of hard work put into this and I think everyone involved is very satisfied with the outcome," Cole said. "I think everyone can rest easy now knowing that (the suspect) is caught."

Cole said Ward admitted during a Sept. 4 interview after he was taken into custody he was involved in the robbery.

Cole said several other law enforcement agencies worked toward the arrest since the Aug. 31 bank robbery, including the FBI, the Walworth County Sheriff's Department and Genoa City and Lake Geneva police departments.

"It was everybody working as a team that brought this case to this resolution," he said. "I know my officers worked long, long hours."

It was is the second time this summer First Banking Center was robbed — the first in which a gun was involved.

At about 9:56 a.m. Thursday, June 24, two bank employees were left inside the bank vault for less than 15 minutes.

The June 24 suspect wore sunglasses, a bandana over his face and dark-colored clothes.

He demanded money and entry into the bank vault.

He took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene with two bank employees inside the vault.

That suspect appeared to be Caucasian, between 6-foot and 6-foot-3 and of slender to medium build. In addition to the sunglasses and bandana, he wore a dark-colored baseball cap and hooded sweatshirt; black cargo-style pants; and black boots.

On Tuesday, Cole said that robbery remains under investigation.

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