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Gloves lead police to alleged bank robber

Waukesha – A pair of latex gloves left at the scene of a bank robbery nearly two years ago led police to the robber.

Paul E. Tusa, 31, of Sun Prairie, was charged Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with robbery with threat of force, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint, Tusa entered First Federal Bank, 134 Wisconsin Ave., on April 29 at about 1:50 p.m. and while talking with a bank employee pulled his hands our in his pocket and the employee saw he was wearing blue latex gloves, the complaint said.

Tusa asked the employee to "Give me all your money," the employee told police, the complaint said.

After getting the money Tusa left the bank and placed the gloves in a garbage bin near the bank, the complaint said. Police recovered the gloves and were sent to the state Crime Lab. A DNA analysis showed Tusa’s DNA was on the gloves, the complaint said.

Police questioned Tusa, who was incarcerated in the Dane County Jail, and admitted he had previously robbed pharmacies. Tusa said he needed money as "his power had been shut off and he did not want his family to be without power," the complaint said.

Tusa said he picked up the gloves from a cleaning cart at a rest area near Lake Mills off I-94 as he drove to Waukesha, the complaint said.

According to court records, Tusa, who is now incarcerated at the Oshkosh state prison, is charged with the same offense in Rock County for a 2009 offense. Tusa was sentenced in February in Jefferson County for stealing $2,000 from Associated Bank in Watertown on Aug. 6, 2009. He was sentenced to four years in prison and four years of extended supervision.

A court date has not been scheduled for Tusa in Waukesha County.

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