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Reward offered for information on Poplar bank robbery

A joint reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the recent robbery of the National Bank of Commerce's branch in Poplar is being offered by the bank and the Wisconsin Bankers Association.

"Our number one priority is the safety of our customers and our staff," said Steve Burgess, CEO of National Bank of Commerce. "Bank robbers are dangerous individuals who put the public at risk. This reward will hopefully help the police in capturing this criminal."

The reward is being offered to provide another tool for law enforcement in apprehending those involved in the crime, said WBA president/CEO Rose Oswald Poels.

"WBA and its members are committed to bringing these individuals to justice and sending the message that robberies are not going to be tolerated," she said.

Police have released a description of the person allegedly involved in this robbery. He is described as a Caucasian male estimated to be in his mid- to late 20s, about 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8 and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds. He was wearing a greenish-blue plaid jacket with a light-colored striping, gray sweatpants with a wide, dark-colored stripe running down each leg, dark-colored ski gloves with white lettering on the back of each hand, a black mask and gray hat with a greenish-colored stripe around it.

The suspect left the scene of the crime using a bank employee's dark blue Kia Sedona minivan, Wisconsin license plate 752-DBK.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 715-395-1371 or the FBI's 24-hour hot line at 414-276-4684.

The WBA has had a robbery reward program since the 1930s; at one point the association even donated "tommy guns" to local law enforcement to combat bank robberies. The Robbery Reward Fund provides rewards through law enforcement to individuals who identify anyone wanted in connection with a bank robbery or other crime committed at a bank location, including ATM sites if that information leads to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the crime.