MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) - The Menomonie Police Department says the FBI has a female suspect in custody in Minnesota in connection to the bank robbery Monday. Chief Atkinson says the FBI and investigators from various jurisdictions are continuing the investigation.
The F.B.I. and Menomonie Police are still on the hunt for a woman suspected of robbing a bank Monday.
Police said the woman walked into the Dairy State Bank on Second Street East in Menomonie and handed a note to a teller demanding money, saying she had a weapon.
She was given money and walked away, police said.
Police said they're talking to Hudson police officers about a possible connection to another bank robbery done by a woman fitting a similar description.
Officers said help from other agencies and your tips can be the key to catching a suspect.
“We do not have a suspect caught at this time,” Menomonie Police Chief Eric Atkinson said.
The woman who police are looking for is described as white with blond hair that may be a wig, slender and 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, between 25 and 35 years old.
“We follow up with different witness statements to make sure they're corroborated with the info we have. We check it against the current evidence we have as well,” Atkinson said.
“That is a definite possibility (that the crime is connected with the Hudson burglary) and we're not going to rule that possibility out at this time.”
Dunn County Sheriff, Dennis Smith, who's assisting police in the case, said tips from the public can make a big difference, but it's a challenge to evaluate what's good and bad.
“There’s some stuff that we know that nobody else knows and we don't want everybody to know about it. If we hear something back, we know it could have came from 100 places. If we don't give that info out, and it comes back, it probably had something to do with the bad guy,” Smith said.
He said advances in surveillance and technology have allowed agencies to better share information, making it easier to catch their suspect.
“They pass information back and forth. It used to be that they wanted to get the pat on the back by being the ones that solved the crime and they found that you get a lot more cases solved if you collaborate and share info then when it's all said and done, we try to give each other credit for helping out,” Smith said.
Smith said most bank robberies are federal crimes which could carry harsher penalties than other robberies. He said there is still an open bank robbery case in Elk Mound from 2009.