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Suspected Blaine bank robber put in detox, let go

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A warrant has been issued for a woman accused of holding up a bank inside a Blaine grocery store last week.

According to charges filed in Anoka County District Court Monday, 35-year-old Shawna Marie Pearson of St. Paul was in police custody shortly after the robbery, but was released, the Star Tribune reports.

Police say Pearson walked into the TCF Bank branch inside Cub Foods around 5:25 p.m. last Wednesday.

The newspaper says Pearson opened her eyes wide and gave the teller a note demanding money. KARE 11 said the woman did not show a weapon but kept one of her arms covered during the robbery as if she was holding one.

The teller handed over $2,700 in an anti-theft dye pack and Pearson took off in a blue full-sized conversion van with a 49-year-old St. Paul man behind the wheel.

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 complaint states Pearson and the driver were involved in a crash in Cannon Falls later that evening. The two, both intoxicated, were taken to a detox facility and later released by authorities, who were unaware Pearson and the unidentified man were wanted in Blaine.

The two remain on the loose.

Anyone with information about Pearson's whereabouts is asked to call Blaine police at 763-427-1212.

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