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Police apprehend suspected Blaine bank robber

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Authorities have arrested the St. Paul woman who allegedly robbed the TCF Bank inside of a Blaine Cub Foods store last month.

Details on how Shawna Marie Pearson was apprehended were not immediately available, but ABC Newspapers are reporting that Anoka County Jail records show that she was arrested on Nov. 16 and is currently in custody with bail set at $30,000.

Pearson was charged with two felony counts of simple robbery and theft on Oct. 28.

The Star Tribune reports that about five hours after the hold up on Oct. 23, police in Cannon Falls picked up Pearson and a 49-year old St. Paul man after the van they were in drove along a path in a mobile home park and got stuck in a ravine. Both Pearson and the man were taken to a detox facility and released before Cannon Falls police knew they were wanted in Blaine.

According to the criminal complaint, a teller inside of the Cub Foods said that Pearson opened her eyes wide and gave him a note demanding money. The teller gave her more than $2,700 and an anti-theft dye pack. She allegedly did not show a weapon but kept one of her arms covered during the robbery as if she was holding one.

Once Pearson was identified as the suspect, police went to her home on St. Paul’s East Side. According to neighbors, Pearson had said she needed to get out of town.

The van was impounded, authorities have not said if any of the money was recovered.

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