Man accused of robbing several banks to stand trial

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Michael Leviston

Michael Leviston

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.

Michael Leviston

Michael Leviston

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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