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October 17, 2011 | 04:13 PM
Police are looking for a person who robbed the PNC Bank, 401 Broad St., in Lake Geneva just before 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.
The male suspect, who was reportedly wearing a red flannel, left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.
Armed officers established a perimeter around the area of Broad, Center, Wisonsin and Geneva streets. At around 5 p.m., police opened up the perimeter, but are continuing to search for the suspect.
Keep checking back to the Regional News website for more information on the robbery.
October 18, 2011 | 09:48 AM
it is to see all these bank robberies around the country. It was the banking industry that robbed the consumer to cause this Depression. The banking industry taking peoples homes and cars without regard. Yet the banking industry gets upset when they're robbed. Oh! I am not saying it is right to rob the banks because it isn't. But a little taste of their own medicine has a bad taste for them. Now the banks are hitting everyone with Debit Card fees that are out of line. If I remember it was the banks that started the Debit Cards instead of Credit Cards. Now they want the consumer to pay to get their own money. How unfair is that? The bank uses our money to their benefit and they have the nerve to want us to pay them to give us our own money. They charge outragous interest on loans but only pay peanuts on interest for us to have our money there. Then with all the fees they charge to get your money or to maintain accounts it erases all the interest you earn and puts you in the red. Then people wonder why this country is in this mess.
Keep your money in a mattress
"How Fitting" needs to get a clue!
October 18, 2011 | 10:00 AM
To find some way to blame the banks for this bank robbery is stupid! Sure they charge fees and I dont like it either but it is a free country. If you dont like it dont use their debit card and dont bank there. When lives were put at risk your comments are shamefull! Why don't you go occupy Wall Street as you clearly dont have a clue.
October 18, 2011 | 11:13 AM
I have never responded to comments, blogs etc. However...."How Fitting" should take an economics class. First of all the banks aren't in the business of holding realestate or cars. All they want to do is lend money to consumers and be paid back. So, if these people would pay their bills....they would be able to keep their homes, cars etc. I understand times are difficult and everyone wants to blame someone else. However, there could have been people hurt etc. in this story. I love how "How Fitting" uses it as a time to let out their frustrations on the banks. Pay your bills or make arrangements to and things usually end up just fine. Take a pilates class or something to vent next time.
Had to say something
To Had to Say Something and Concerned Citizen
October 18, 2011 | 02:37 PM
People these days take thing to literally. When I said "How fitting it is to see all these bank robberies around the country." I did not mean it was alright for those who work in the banks to be put in that position of danger. I am not an idiot. I was looking at the the fact that banks show no concern of worry about the people involved when they are on the taking end.
To Had to Say Something. You said "First of all the banks aren't in the business of holding realestate or cars." Then why do they hold the title and deed's? You then said "All they want to do is lend money to consumers and be paid back. So, if these people would pay their bills....they would be able to keep their homes, cars etc." If that is so in this economy why not work something out with the homeowner to stay in their for a reasonable payment til the homeowner gets back on their feet instead ripping the house away and having all these house setting empty? This Loan modification idea from what I have heard has done more trouble than it solved. The same with car owners. The taxpayers are holding the tab on the stimulus money the bankers got. Why can't we call in the note and take from them? As far as paying their bills I'll bet if you were to talk to the majority of those who lost their homes and cars or who may lose them. They would tell you they didn't quit their jobs, but their jobs quit them and just getting a job doesn't answer the problem if you can't earn enough to pay the current bills and make payments on the back payments. That is what many don't understand just having a job isn't enough. You need to make a living to pay your bills. For many who this economy hasn't affected it is hard to understand those who are in bread lines, living on the street and not knowing what is ahead when at one time they were in good condition.
To Concerned Citizen you said "To find some way to blame the banks for this bank robbery is stupid!" Why is it stupid to blame the banking industry? If they weren't so greedy this whole problem would probably have been avoided. Then you said " Sure they charge fees and I dont like it either but it is a free country." That is the attitude of so many in this country. So What!! Where does it stop if no one will stand up against it? The consumer is being robbed, fleeced and abused by this runaway charges. Also many places these days prefer Debit Cards or Credit Cards, cash seems to be taboo to some businesses. I prefer to deal in cash.
Again I do not support anyone robbing banks or robbing people and that was not the intention of my initial comment. I am happy no one was hurt.
Keep your money in a mattress
@ Keep your money
October 18, 2011 | 05:45 PM
Sounds like you must have lost your house. People should not have take loans they could not pay back! The fees you talk of are fair, use your banks ATM and no fee and since you deal in cash should not bother you. The truth is that this was prob. done by some low life junkie in need of a fix not someone needing to save thier house (or save a $2.00 ATM fee).
October 18, 2011 | 09:21 PM
Many people believe those who have or could lose their homes or cars took a loan they couldn't repay. In some cases that maybe true but the majority I would say are those who had no problems paying their debts until the economy tanked and they lost their income. Plus when the job market dried up made it impossible to find work or work that paid enough to be able to keep up on their debts. In many cases it was not their idea to default on loans they took. So I wish those who have been saved this horrific tragedy would stop labeling those as losers. Until they walk in the shoes of those who worked hard all their life to achieve the American dream of owning a car and house just to see it all melt away and not to be able to save it, those people need to keep their sarcasim to themself and thank god they were spared.
My case is simple I had a brother who worked hard at his job to be able to buy the home he wanted. He did that and unfortunately he had a heart attack and surgery. Thank God his insurance paid for that at the time. He went back to work and was doing well until he lost his jobs and insurance. I lived with him and I to lost my job at the same time. Both of us unemployed at the same time and no insurance because we couldn't afford it being out of work. We applied for Badger care and was informed at the time it was broke. My brother was placed on the waiting list 2 years ago. The stress of being out of work, no income, no insurance and falling behind on the house finally took its toll on him this spring. He passed away and by the way he is still on the waiting list. I have tried to find work to try to keep his home of which he left to me. But, no such luck on work so now I am faced with the fact that I lost my brother in spring and now in fall I will lose the house he worked his butt of to get. So if I seem angry there is the reason. I know I am not alone in this with losing a home. But, it hurts and angers a person when you see something you worked hard for just desolve away due to no fault of your own. To have to start over with nothing when you are closer to retirement and should be preparing to take life easier is a very scarey thing to look at. Because when you hit the 50's not many places want to hire you.
As for the fees banks charge, I don't feel I should have to pay to get my own money. The banks make enough off of using the depositors money and about the person or persons who robbed the bank. Maybe they are in a dire situation and felt there was nothing else they could do. It doesn't make it right, but these are very very hard times. This is the last I am going to comment on this.
Keep your money in a mattress
Hey "How Fitting"
October 20, 2011 | 02:32 PM
You ever hear the words personal responsibility? Sounds like you blame everyone else for people who made bad decisions. If you can't afford something don't buy it. If you know your sub prime loan was going to be 20+% did you really think that was a good deal? Stop blaming everyone else for your bad decisions! The Rhetoric you are spewing is part of the problem we have these days. You talk about people taking things to literal is accurate. When they hear comments such as yours some people start to believe it is OK to rob banks or even worse. Remember Gabrial Giffords?
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