Police: Men used Bibles in armed robbery at Janesville home

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Gazette staff
April 17, 2015

JANESVILLE—Two men disguised with Bibles and suit coats pushed their way into a south-side home Friday morning and made off with cash, police said.

The resident saw both men carrying Bibles and so felt safe in opening the door, said Sgt. Chuck Aagaard of the police department.

The men pushed their way into the house in the 1600 block of Joliet Street, pulled handguns and demanded money, Aagaard said.

Aagaard would not say how much money was taken.

The men left on foot, westbound on Joliet Street, and the victim then lost sight of them, Aagaard said.

Police were called at 11:40 a.m.

The men were described as Hispanic, aged 35 to 40 and wearing black suit jackets. One wore a blue shirt, the other a white shirt. The shirts might have been T-shirts, Aagaard said.

At least one of the men was carrying some type of bag or backpack.

Police have not received similar complaints, and the neighbors reported no men of that description visited them, Aagaard said.

Anyone with information, or who might have witnessed the robbery, is asked to call Janesville police at 608-755-3100 or Janesville Area CrimeStoppers, 608-756-3636.

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