APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – Police have arrested a man suspected of an armed robbery that forced five Appleton schools into lockdown.
Police say the Cash Store in the 1200-block of N. Badger Avenue was robbed at 10:30 Thursday morning by a man who showed a gun. Police tape was up around the store.
The investigation led officers to arrest a 40-year-old man who works at a used car dealership on South Commercial Street in Neenah.
Police say investigators looking at surveillance video noticed a car with unique markings, clearly from a dealership, leaving the area. They went “knocking on doors” at area dealerships until they found that car, and asked who borrowed it.
The Appleton Area School District says lockdowns at Creative Child 4K, Wilson Middle School, Highlands Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, and West High schools lasted for a half-hour while police were looking for the armed robber.
“UPDATE: We want to inform you that this morning at approximately 10:40 a.m. we received a call from law enforcement informing us of a situation involving an armed robbery in the 1200 Blk of N Badger Avenue. We were advised to place Highlands, Lincoln, Wilson, West and Creative Child 4K into a yellow lock down. These schools remained in lock down for approximately 30 minutes. The lock-downs have currently been lifted and classes will proceed as usual,” reads a post on the Appleton Area School District Facebook page.
Police are holding the man in the Outagamie County Jail on an expected charge of armed robbery.