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Serial Robber Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Wisconsin

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Trevor Christian, 31, Madison, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty today to committing four robberies in Madison in November 2018. The maximum penalty for each robbery is 20 years in federal prison. 

On November 1, 2018, Christian robbed a Walgreens on East Washington Avenue and obtained cash and cigarettes.  Christian handed an employee a note that stated, “All the cash in the drawer, 30 seconds, don’t make me.” 

On November 5, 2018, Christian robbed an Associated Bank on Shopko Drive and obtained cash. Christian handed the teller a note that stated, “It’s a robbery, give me all the money, no dye packs, don’t make me do anything stupid, 20 seconds.”   The note was left behind, and Christian’s fingerprint was subsequently identified on it.  

On November 7, 2018, Christian robbed an Associated Bank on Odana Road and again obtained cash.  As he did in the previous two robberies, Christian handed a teller a note.  On that occasion, the note stated, “This is a robbery, no alarms, no dye packs, all the money in the drawer and no one gets hurt.  Be calm.  20 seconds.”

Finally, on November 14, 2018, Christian robbed the Dane County Credit Union on Struck Street, again using a note.  During this robbery, the note stated, “It’s a robbery, keep calm, give me 20 seconds.”  The teller complied and included bait bills.

All four robberies were captured on video.  Still photographs of the robber were shared with the public, and the Madison Police Department (MPD) received a tip that the robber was Trevor Christian. After further investigation, MPD obtained warrants for Christian’s apartment and his cell phone.  They recovered the bait money from the credit union, a pair of boots seen in the video, and an Associated Bank money band. Christian’s phone revealed he was searching for news of the robberies.

U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson scheduled sentencing for August 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  Christian has been detained in federal custody since his arrest on November 14, 2018.  

The charges against Christian were the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow. 

Updated May 1, 2019

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