By Jeff Hage, Princeton Union Eagle
There are enough similarities between a western Wisconsin bank robbery and two unsolved bank robberies in Princeton that a woman arrested Sept. 7 in St. Croix Falls, Wis. can be considered a suspect in the local robbies.
That was the word Tuesday from Princeton Police Chief Brian Payne.
Eagle Valley Bank in St. Croix Falls, Wis. was robbed at about 11:30 a.m. on Friday morning, Sept. 7 by a woman wearing a yellow safety vest, a baseball cap and sun glasses. The robbery came five weeks to the day after a woman wearing a safety vest, and a baseball cap robbed Bremer Bank in Princeton at about 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3. About seven months ago on February 10, Peoples Bank of Commerce in Princeton was robbed by a suspect described as a female wearing dark-colored sunglasses and wearing a black hat.
There was another robbery in St. Cloud on May 17 that had some similarities to the Princeton and St. Croix Falls robberies. In that case, it was reported that a female robbed the U.S. Bank at 33rd Avenue and Division.
On Sept. 7 a Minnesota woman was arrested after the Eagle Valley Bank in St. Croix Falls.
Tanya Kay Anderson, 39 of Stanchfield was arrested and charged with armed robbery. She remained booked into the Polk County, Wis. jail on Tuesday.
Stanchfield is just 25 miles from Princeton between Cambridge and Braham on Highway 65.
According to the New Richmond News, a St. Croix Falls police officer observed a vehicle that fit a description of the robber’s get-away vehicle. He stopped the vehicle and Anderson was taken into custody. The stolen money as well as other evidence was allegedly recovered from the suspect’s vehicle, the paper reported.
“From the looks of it, we have a situation where we have a lot of similar occurances,” Payne said.
“There are enough similarities that we can look at (Anderson) as a suspect,” he said.
Payne told the Union-Eagle that investigators from different agencies, including investigator Todd Frederick at the Princeton Police Department, are planning to meet to compare notes about various bank robberies in the area.
Prior to Friday’s Wisconsin robbery and Arrest of Anderson, there were no suspects in the two Princeton robberies, Payne said.
Prior to the two Princeton robberies, there hadn’t been a bank robbery in the city since June 29, 1995 at the credit union at 501 So. 2nd St., which is now known as Spire Federal Credit Union. The credit union robbery occurred at about 2 p.m. and the suspect was thought to be the man killed in a shootout with authorities in Grand Rapids on Sept. 7 the same year.