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West Bend man accused of robbery after prison release

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — A 35-year-old West Bend man is charged with robbing a bank two days after being released from prison.

According to the criminal complaint, Russell Smith cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet a day after meeting with his probation agent and then stole a 30-pack of beer.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports after drinking at a park, he went to a Wal-Mart, stole a bike, a backpack, a BB gun and a tent before setting up camp behind a cemetery and drinking into the next day.

He allegedly biked to M&I bank in West Bend and handed a note to a teller demanding money and showing the BB gun.

Police arrested him after spotting him riding near Lake Lucas.

Smith was sentenced to 4 1/2 years for armed robbery in 2006.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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