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Police catch alleged bank robber

February 16, 2012

For the second time in four months, a Lake Geneva bank was robbed. But this time, the end result was different.

After being unable to find the suspect following the robbery of the PNC Bank in October, area police had a second chance Friday morning to nab the man they now believe to be responsible for multiple area robberies.

Joshua M. Barrigar, 31, Powers Lake, is in Walworth County Jail and could face charges for robbery, threat of imminent use of force and threat of use of a dangerous weapon. The Walworth County District Attorney's Office currently is reviewing the case and charges are pending.

At about 11:07 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, police were dispatched to Chase Bank, 426 Center St., just a couple blocks from the PNC Bank on Broad Street.

Police had a description of the man as wearing a blue coat, dark backpack, black scarf and red gloves. The man was seen on foot heading south from Chase Bank. Officers searched the area and obtained information from citizens that a man matching that description was seen near Burger King and McDonald's on Wells Street.

Lake Geneva and Walworth County Sheriff's deputies searched the area and found Barrigar on Townline Road and Curtis Street at about 11:30 a.m.

Barrigar was taken into custody and questioned by the Lake Geneva Police Department. The money from the robbery was recovered, but police did not disclose how much was taken from the bank.

The FBI and the Twin Lakes Police Department are assisting with the ongoing investigation. Barrigar also is believed to have been involved in a Feb. 6 bank robbery in the village of Twin Lakes as well.

Other agencies that assisted in the effort to nab Barrigar included the police departments from the towns of Linn, Bloomfield and Geneva and the village of Fontana.

On Oct. 17, 2011, at about 3:53 p.m., officers responded to 401 Broad St., the address of the Lake Geneva PNC Bank, for a reported robbery.

According to police, the suspect in that robbery was described as a white man, wearing a black baseball cap, black frame sunglasses, a brown plaid, collared, long sleeve, button-up shirt, blue jeans and white and blue/gray gym shoes.

In an attempt to conceal his identity, the man also wore a surgical mask. The clerk said the man had a mustache, was of stocky build, about 6-foot to 6-foot-3 in height, was about 225 to 245 pounds and between 35 and 55 years old.

Apparently, when inside the bank, the man implied he had a bomb. After taking the money, he fled out of the back of the bank on foot and was last seen headed south from the building.

Lake Geneva police arrived on the scene and set up the perimeter to secure the area and locate the robber. They closed traffic on Wisconsin Street between Broad and Center streets, near the bank. They closed Geneva Street from Broad to Center. Police also locked down nearby Central-Denison and Eastview elementary schools.

Despite the efforts, including later publishing a photo of the man on social media networks and in newspapers, police were unable to determine the identity of the PNC robber.