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In this archive video, police surround the BMO Harris bank in downtown Janesville after a report of a bank robbery Dec. 3.

BMO Harris Bank robbery suspect pleads not guilty

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Andrea Anderson
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

JANESVILLE—A Janesville man accused of armed robbery after he allegedly barged into BMO Harris Bank in downtown Janesville with a gun in December has pleaded not guilty.

Seth A. Gardner, 40, of 3611 S. Read Road, Janesville, is charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon, both as a repeat felony offender.

He pleaded not guilty to both charges during a brief appearance Tuesday in Rock County Court with his attorney, Joshua Klaff.

Gardner is accused of threatening bank employees with a gun before money was handed over to him on Dec. 3.

At least one bank employee told investigators she handed over the money because she was afraid she'd be shot and killed. An employee in the bank vault activated a panic alarm, according to the criminal complaint.

Janesville police officers arrested Gardner moments after he left the bank. He was found with an unloaded double-barreled shotgun.

Gardner is being held at the Rock County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. He will appear in court next at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Rock County Courthouse.

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