The Sauk County Sheriff’s Department reported no new leads Tuesday in its ongoing investigation of the Oct. 7 bank robbery in Plain. Two armed men allegedly entered The Peoples Community Bank in the southwestern Sauk County village of Plain that morning, threatening employees with handguns and pepper spraying them after collecting an undisclosed amount of cash from various areas of the bank.

Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister said the investigation is ongoing, and his department is being assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The robbery took place just before 10 a.m., and the two alleged assailants were wearing dark-colored clothing and masks that obscured most of their facial features. They are believed to be African-American.

All bank employees were transported to Sauk Prairie Hospital after exposure to the suspected pepper spray, then treated and released, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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

“We are committed to actions that bring these individuals to justice,” Gary Harrop, The Peoples Community Bank of Mazomanie president and CEO, said in an Oct. 8 news release. “This reward is offered to provide a significant tool for law enforcement.”

“This is one of the largest rewards of its kind that WBA has offered,” Wisconsin Bankers Association president and CEO Rose Oswald Poels said in a news release. “That’s how serious the banking industry is in catching these individuals and delivering the message that robberies are not going to be tolerated.”

The sheriff’s office has asked anyone with knowledge of this or any other crime to call 1-800-377-1195 or Sauk County Crimestoppers at 1-888-847-7285.

Reporter for Capital Newspapers