Men charged with armed bank robbery
Detectives: Men also confessed to Dane County robberies
MADISON, Wis. — A Madison man and Middleton man are facing federal charges accusing them of robbing a bank in Lodi.
Peter Meeker, 48, of Middleton, and Karl Kreier, 28, of Madison, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of armed bank robbery.
The indictment states that that on Oct. 11 Meeker and Kreier robbed the Bank of Poynette – Harmony Grove Branch, in Lodi. They are also charged with brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
If convicted, Meeker and Kreier face a maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison on the armed bank robbery charge. The charge of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years in federal prison, which would be served consecutively with any penalty imposed on the armed bank robbery charge.
The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said the pair also confessed to two robberies. Detectives said the men were responsible for the robberies of the Willow Tavern in the town of Westport on Sept. 28 and the Dane BP gas station on Oct. 9.