A quick-thinking homeowner helped solve a string of bank robberies after taking pictures of a suspicious car near the scene of the crime.
The photos led to the arrest of a Brookfield man who allegedly robbed the same bank twice, and tried a third time, in an effort to pay off a large drug debt.
A homeowner told police he noticed a suspicious man walking through his backyard and entering the Byline Bank property. The homeowner took photographs of a silver car parked on the street. Police matched the license plate to Kidane Dashew, and he was taken into custody at his work.
He admitted to police he went to Byline Bank on September 20 and October 10 wearing the mask. Dashew, 30, was charged October 12 with two counts of robbery of a financial institution and one count of attempted robbery of a financial institution. If convicted, he faces up to 100 years in prison.
When asked why he committed the crimes, Dashew stated he needed to pay off a $10,000 drug debt to people. He said feared for his life as people from Florida were following him. After stealing the money, he would give it to an unknown person to pay his debt.
Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.