Man accused of robbing several banks to stand trial
MILWAUKEE — A man accused of robbing a number of Milwaukee area banks appeared in court Thursday, August 2nd for his preliminary hearing. Leviston waived his preliminary hearing and will stand trial in the case.
57-year-old Michael Leviston was arrested last month by Wauwatosa police.
He was caught after allegedly robbing the Tri-City Bank near Highway 100 and Bluemound.
According to the criminal complaint, Leviston entered the Tri-City Bank on July 13th wearing a dress and a wig and approached the counter. Officials say he handed the teller a note. When the teller had difficulty reading the note Leviston reportedly said “I have a gun, give me the money.” After receiving the money, Leviston walked out of the bank.
Officers say while en-route to the bank, officers spotted a man dressed as a woman, running west on Mt. Vernon. Officials caught and arrested the suspect.
Police say while handcuffing Leviston they recovered a crumpled up piece of paper that read “BANK ROBBERY.” The officers also recovered a black bag with $6,615 in cash.
Police believe the suspect also robbed the following banks for money to support a drug habit:
- Tri-City Bank on May 29th (S. 27th Street)
- North Shore Bank on June 8th (4232 W. Oklahoma)
- Associated Bank on June 8th (2590 N. Downer)
- Tri-City BAnk on June 25th ( S. 27th Street)
- Layton State Bank on May 26th ( W. Forest Home Avenue)
If convicted, Leviston faces up to $100,000 in fines or up to 40 years in prison.
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