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Stoughton man arrested in Edgerton bank robbery

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Gazette staff
October 17, 2010
— A Stoughton man was arrested Saturday after confessing to police that he robbed the Bank of Edgerton earlier this month, authorities said.

Charles L. Aegerter, Sr., 62, of 2939 County Highway A, Stoughton, turned himself in at the Rock County Sheriff’s Office Saturday, according to a joint news release from the Edgerton Police Department and the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.


Police said Aegerter admitted to Rock County sheriff’s detectives and Edgerton police that he’d robbed the Bank of Edgerton, 102 N. Main St., Edgerton, on Oct. 1.


Police said Aegerter told investigators he’d been having a “very difficult time in his life,” which apparently led to his decision to rob the bank.


Sgt. Shawn Natter of the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, who fielded calls from the Gazette Saturday, said he could not confirm whether Aegerter is related to Sam Aegerter, 30, of Janesville, who was shot and killed June 4 in Janesville, following an encounter with a motorcyclist.


A Gazette obituary for Sam Aegerter lists his father as “Charles (Maria) Aegerter, Sr. of Stoughton, Wis.”


Police have charged Aegerter with armed robbery.


Authorities have not indicated whether other charges are pending, but the man who had robbed the Bank of Edgerton on Oct. 1 had brought a black briefcase into the bank and had given a teller a note demanding money and stating that he had a bomb, police said.


The man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, leaving behind the briefcase, police said.


The Dane County Bomb Squad later determined the briefcase contained what appeared to be a fake bomb.


Aegerter is being held at Rock County Jail. He is scheduled for an initial court appearance on Monday.



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