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Bank heist in Roseville just one stop on weekend crime spree, police say

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Police in Minnesota are looking for a suspect they believe is responsible for robbing a bank, stealing a car and committing other crimes in South Dakota and Minnesota over a two-day period.

The one-man crime spree culminated in a bank robbery in Roseville Saturday morning, authorities say.

According to a news release from the Roseville Police Department, the suspect entered the Bremer Bank on Highway B2 around 9:40 a.m. Saturday, and gave a teller a hand-written note demanding money and implying that he had a gun.

The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money, and the robber then drove off in a 2000 silver Pontiac Grand Am.

The car was found a few minutes later abandoned at the Rosedale Commons parking lot, just west of where the bank robbery occurred, WCCO reports.

It turns out that car had been stolen in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the night before.

According to the Roseville police, here's a timeline of the suspect's alleged activities:

  • Friday, 10:50 p.m.: The Grand Am is stolen from a Pizza Hut delivery person in Sioux Falls. The car’s owner said he left the vehicle running and quickly ran inside the Pizza Hut to pick up another order to deliver. When he came back outside, the car was gone.
  • Overnight: The car thief steals license plates from a vehicle on display at an auto dealership in Faribault, Minnesota, which is about 200 miles from Sioux Falls.
  • Saturday, 3 a.m.: The suspect stops at a Super America gas station along Interstate 35 in Lakeville, fills up the tank with gas and drives off without paying.
  • Saturday: 9:40 a.m.: The suspect robs the Bremer Bank in Roseville.

Police say they have high-quality surveillance photos from the gas station and the bank (which you can see above), that indicate the same man is responsible for both those crimes.

The suspect is described as a white male about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build and short brown hair.

At the time of the bank robbery he was wearing a long-sleeved black t-shirt with a logo on the left front side and a large diamond-shaped logo on the back.

He also had on khaki cargo shorts, white socks and shoes, and a black baseball cap with a logo on the front – possibly a Pizza Hut logo.

Anyone with information about the crimes or the suspect is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Authorities are offering a reward for information that leads to his arrest.

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