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A bank robber didn't have much time to flee the scene before he was arrested, since a police station was a couple of blocks from the bank.

John Bauer, 32, Madison, was tentatively charged with theft from a financial institution.

Madison police said the bank robbery and quick arrest happened around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Old National Bank, 2929 N. Sherman Ave., was robbed, with the robber passing a note to a teller, demanding cash. He didn't show a weapon.

The North District police station is just off Packers Avenue, less than a quarter-mile from the bank.

"The suspect was in custody just about 10 minutes after the heist was reported," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. "With their workplace just a couple of blocks away, officers quickly swarmed the area."

The suspect was found walking near Winchester Street and Ruskin Street. He was arrested without incident.

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