MENOMONEE FALLS - Katie Tanner, 22, has been charged with robbing the Menomonee Falls Bank Mutual, W178N9379 Water Tower Place, on Nov. 1 to pay back drug debt, according to a criminal complaint.
Tanner, who was homeless at the time of her arrest, allegedly entered the bank around 3:30 p.m. wearing a long black wig and sunglasses with what was believed at the time to be a gun. She presented a note to the teller that said, "Hundreds and fifties. You have 45 seconds before I kill you."
The teller grabbed a handful of hundred dollar bills and gave them to Tanner, according to the complaint; Tanner exited the bank soon after.
On March 27, police made contact with a source close to Tanner who identified her through surveillance footage from the bank. Police also found shoes later in the investigation that were consistent with what the suspect was wearing during the Menomonee Falls bank robbery in her car.
After a supervised visit with her child on March 29 in Jefferson County, police were able to locate and arrest Tanner. During an interview with investigators, Tanner said she was forced to rob two banks, one in West Allis on Oct. 24 and the Bank Mutual in Menomonee Falls in November to pay back a drug dealer. Tanner also said the dealer told her if she did not pay her debt, he would kill her and her child.
If convicted of the bank robbery, Tanner will face maximum penalties of a $100,000 fine and/or up to 40 years in prison.
Her hearing is set for 9 a.m. May 8 at the Waukesha County Courthouse.