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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

Monday, October 3, 2016

Bank Robber Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Term

Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced today that Anthony Oliphant, Jr. of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, was sentenced by the Honorable J.P. Stadtmueller to 114 months’ imprisonment for his role in committing the March 4, 2016, armed robbery of the Tri City National Bank in Brown Deer.  Oliphant’s prison sentence will be followed by 60 months of supervised release.  He has also been ordered to pay restitution to the bank.

During the robbery, Oliphant entered the bank, loudly tapped a revolver on the counter in front of a teller, and demanded money. He then began pacing the bank lobby and angrily confronted another teller when he mistakenly believed she had pressed the silent alarm button. A total of seven bank employees were present during the robbery. Oliphant fled the bank on foot carrying a backpack, into which a teller had deposited money. A Brown Deer Police K-9 unit was used to track his flight path and led law enforcement to items Oliphant discarded following the robbery. Those items and other investigative steps led law enforcement to identify Oliphant as the bank robber.

The successful prosecution of this case was the result of a joint investigation by the Brown Deer Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Benjamin Taibleson and Kelly B. Watzka prosecuted the case.  

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Updated October 3, 2016