Sheriff reports new lead on bank robbery

Sauk County Sheriff's Department investigators believe this minivan may be tied to an Oct. 7 bank robbery in the Village of Plain.

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Authorities have a vehicle of interest related to the Oct. 7 bank robbery in which two men allegedly pepper sprayed bank tellers.

Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister says the investigation has revealed that two African-American males were seen running into a nearby car wash behind the Peoples Community Bank in Plain.

He said a dark colored mini-van was seen leaving the area of the car wash, traveling south on State Highway 23 toward Spring Green.

The sheriff’s department released an image of the vehicle in question that was taken by a surveillance camera.

“The mini-van is thought to be operated by a white female with short brown hair,” Meister said in a news release. “The vehicle appears to have a clear driver’s side window and dark tinted windows to the rear.”

Authorities say the two men threatened employees with handguns and pepper sprayed them before making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The Sauk County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI are investigating the crime, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department at 1-800-377-1195.

The Peoples Community Bank and the Wisconsin Bankers Association are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the robbery.

Reporter for the Baraboo News Republic.