2 men charged in Poynette Bank, earlier sandwich shop robberies

Handgun and other 'items of interest' reportedly seized from suspect vehicle
2 men charged in Poynette Bank, earlier sandwich shop robberies
Karle Lee Kreier, 28, of Madison, and Peter Lee Meeker, 48, of Middleton

Two men are in custody after authorities said a Lodi bank was robbed Saturday.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said Karl Lee Kreier, 28, of Madison, and Peter Lee Meeker, 48, of Middleton, are facing several charges of armed robbery and party to a crime in connection with the Saturday bank robbery and another robbery of the Subway restaurant near Poynette on Wednesday.

Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards said in a news release that deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Harmony Grove branch of the Bank of Poynette at 11:52 a.m.

A man entered the bank displaying a handgun and demanded cash, according to the report.

A deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description of the getaway vehicle and took the two occupants into custody at 11:59 a.m. with assistance from Lodi police, the sheriff’s department said.

The handgun and other “items of interest” were seized from the suspect vehicle, Richards said. An undetermined amount of cash was taken from the bank.

Richards said Columbia County is working on the case with sheriff’s offices in Dane and Sauk counties, where other recent armed robberies have also been reported.

The sheriff’s office also provided a surveillance photograph of the Bank of Poynette robbery. Officials ask anyone with information regarding other possible crimes committed by someone of similar stature and dress as the individual pictured to call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 608-742-4166.

The two employees working at the  Harmony Grove Bank of Poynette Saturday were not harmed.

Kreier and Meeker are expected to be in court next week.