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Wis. man accused of robbing bank pleads guilty

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing a Fitchburg bank.

Federal prosecutors say 56-year-old Mathew Carl Koski of Pewaukee walked into the Park Bank in January and presented a note that said wanted money and he had planted bombs around the bank’s lobby and entrances. He made off with about $5,625.

Police didn’t find any bombs, but they did locate Koski driving on Interstate 94. A high-speed chase ensued that ended when Koski ran over spike strips.

U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil said as part of the plea deal Koski acknowledged he robbed three other banks around eastern Wisconsin near the end of 2010 using similar bomb threats.

Koski is set to be sentenced June 21. His attorney didn’t immediately return a message.

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