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No leads in Poplar bank robbery

No solid leads have surfaced as the Douglas County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate last week's armed robbery at the National Bank of Commerce in Poplar.

"It's very important for us to get the public aware of it and hopefully help us out in solving it," Sheriff Tom Dalbec said at a press conference the day of the robbery.

A lone white male entered the bank shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday brandishing a black handgun, according to Dalbec. He said the suspect robbed the bank and was last seen exiting the rear door. He left in a bank employee's dark blue Kia Sedona minivan, Wisconsin license plate 752-DBK.

"I believe the suspect just demanded keys from one of the employees, and she had hers readily available and handed them over to avoid anybody getting hurt," Dalbec said.

No one was injured in the robbery and no shots were fired. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

The sheriff is asking for the public's help in finding the minivan, which had a Wyoming sticker on the rear bumper and damage to the driver side front door unrelated to the robbery.

Despite getting information out to Wisconsin Crime Net within an hour of the robbery, Dalbec said the sheriff's department doesn't know much about the suspect at this time. He was covered up so they don't have hair color or other physical information such as tattoos that could identify. The department is also working with the FBI to pool resources and information.

The suspect is 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 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.

Dalbec said it was uncertain how the suspect got to the bank, whether he walked from somewhere nearby or was dropped off.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 715-395-1371 or 911, their local law enforcement agency outside Douglas County or the FBI's 24-hour hotline at 414-276-4684.