JUNEAU — A 37-year-old Beaver Dam man made his initial appearance in Dodge County Circuit Court via video conference on Thursday in relation to a robbery at the State Bank of Reeseville, 1312 W. Main St., Watertown.
Adam S. Raney is charged with armed robbery with threat of force, bomb scares and making terrorist threats. If convicted on all counts Raney faces up to 60 years in prison and $120,000 in fines.
District Attorney Kurt Klomberg appeared for the state and requested bail be set at $100,000 cash. Raney appeared with an attorney from the State Public Defender’s Office. In requesting the bond Klomberg mentioned the severity of the crime.
“The defendant brandished a weapon, demanded money and was able to have the tellers empty the tills at the bank,” said Klomberg. “On his way out he put a backpack on the floor of the bank and told everyone there was a bomb in the backpack and that it would detonate with a motion detection if they moved. That bag had to be x-rayed by the Milwaukee bomb squad multiple times and they could not determine what was inside it and it had to be detonated outside of the bank, creating an additional public safety issue. This is a very serious offense and the individuals in the bank were very traumatized by these events.”
Klomberg also told the court Raney has been a daily heroin user for many months.
Bond was set at $100,000 cash with conditions he not have contact with the victims or the State Bank of Reeseville, nor use or possess any controlled substances without a valid prescription, or drug paraphernalia or be in the presence of those who do. He must also not posses any weapons or leave the state.
According to a criminal complaint on July 11, Raney entered the bank displaying a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash. He was wearing a white long-sleeve shirt, sunglasses and a brown straw fedora type sun hat with a band. Tattoos on left side of his neck were covered with a large Band-Aid and a pink hand towel that was draped on his shoulders. He also told bank tellers he had a motion activated explosive device in a backpack, which he left on the floor.
Upon entering the bank investigators located a camouflage backpack on the floor, which Raney indicated was a bomb. Police evacuated the bank and made arrangements for the Milwaukee Bomb Squad to come to the location. The bomb squad responded and blew up the device.
A teller at the bank told investigators, he immediately recognized Raney because he had been on the lookout for him after he possibly tried to cash a forged check.
According to the complaint Raney asked for all the money in the teller’s drawer. The teller gave Raney money from his drawer and the drawer at the drive through window and included money that was wired to trip an alarm and some bands of $10 bills that had recorded serial numbers.
Raney told the bank employees to get on the floor with their faces down. He also said the motion activated bomb would be beep in 30 seconds and then be activated. Raney told the employees, “After ten minutes it would be deactivated and that if nobody moved nobody would get hurt,” he said. The teller called 911 with his cell phone at 2:52 p.m. as Raney was leaving.
Investigators said all of the tellers were visibly shaken up by the events, but were physically unharmed.
A Dodge County detective told Watertown investigators Raney was considered very desperate and dangerous. In the past he threatened “suicide by cop,” the complaint indicated.
The next day police were contacted by a woman who had lent Raney her vehicle, which was used in the robbery.
Raney was located after police found the woman’s vehicle parked on a street in Milwaukee. He was taken into custody at a hotel in the city by Milwaukee Police.
Found in his hotel room were money of varying denominations as well as drugs and drug paraphernalia, a pair of sunglasses which resembled those worn during the robbery and new clothes.
Raney told Watertown Police after he was released from jail he got into drugs and would do anything for money. He said he felt like he was on the run so he figured, “why not.” He also admitted the gun used in the robbery was an airsoft gun.
Raney is accused of cashing stolen checks, which belonged to his boss, and he said it was part of the reason he did the robbery because he felt he was about to get caught. He is also a suspect in a criminal damage to property complaint, where his boss’s car window was broke.
“I went through with my little plan to do this bank job,” Raney said that for the most part it went as planned, but that he really wanted to go into the vault, but as soon as he got inside the bank he just wanted to get out and “I had a couple grand already.”
Raney said, “I saw that they were scared and I didn’t like that so I just wanted to get the hell out of there.”
He told officers the backpack bomb was to keep the tellers from seeing the car he left in.
After the robbery Raney said he went to Milwaukee and bought 10 grams of heroin, which cost him $1,400, and he started shooting up and snorting heroin. He also brought crack-cocaine.
Raney told police since he started writing stolen checks he had been waiting to get caught and being arrested was a relief.
He said he had to do the bank robbery to “stay well,” street slang for avoid going through heroin withdrawal.
“I couldn’t think of another way to get a large amount of cash quickly, it doesn’t really pay to rob a person for a small amount of cash,” he said in the complaint.
Raney told police he didn’t know how much money he stole from the bank, but thought it was around $3,000.
He was previously convicted in 2013 of taking and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent and was on extended supervision with the Department of Corrections at the time of the robbery.
A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 8.