Twin Brothers Allegedly Rob Two Banks in Two Days
Patrick and Michael Wegge were charged in Waukesha County after a bank robbery in New Berlin, one day after a robbery at a Tri City Bank in Oak Creek.
Two homeless twin brothers suspected of robbing an Oak Creek bank are facing charges after they allegedly robbed a New Berlin bank the next day.
Michael J. Wegge and Patrick J. Wegge, 58, were charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Thursday with one count of armed robbery. If convicted, they each face up to 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Aug. 2, Michael Wegge walked into Harris Bank, 14000 W. National Ave., New Berlin, and handed a teller a note card wrapped in a paper towel stating something to the effect of "attention all tellers, I have a gun. Give me stacks of money 10's 20's 50's. Do what I say and no one will dye (sic)."
The teller took the note to another teller and began to show it to them when Wegge yelled "hurry up now," so she went back and took money out of her drawer. Wegge grabbed the money and the note and fled.
Officers investigating the incident were contacted by a Hales Corners police detective, who recognized Wegge from surveillance pictures of the suspect. He believed Wegge and his twin brother were homeless and live out of a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am.
Officers soon discovered the brothers were staying at a Milwaukee motel. After checking surveillance video, police found footage of the brothers there just after the robbery occurred.
Patrick Wegge told police his brother asked him to drive down National Avenue and to a New Berlin Pick 'n Save. But Michael Wegge never got out of the car, telling his brother to drive across the street to the Harris Bank. He came out a few minutes later "anxious" to go.
Patrick Wegge, when shown photos from the robbery, said the suspect looked "an awful lot like Mike."
Patrick told the officer the day before the robbery, Michael came out of a Tri City National Bank in Oak Creek with a dye pack in his pants that was emitting immense smoke and heat, which made him quickly take off the pants. Patrick said he was unsure what his brother was doing inside the bank, but suspected he tried to get money.
Patrick said Michael was frustrated being homeless and not having money.
Both men are currently being held in Waukesha County Jail on $50,000 bond while awaiting trial.