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Police bag robbery suspect at golf course

  • Star Tribune
  • July 30, 2009 - 9:11 PM

An unemployed golfer with a gambling problem stashed cash from a bank he held up in St. Paul in his golf bag and was arrested at a nearby course on Monday, according to charges.

Frazier E. Turner, 50, of St. Paul was charged Wednesday in federal court with robbing the TCF Bank at the Cub Foods store at 1177 Clarence St.

According to the charges, Turner, wearing a disguise, gave a teller a note at about 9 a.m. Monday demanding cash. He also threatened the teller with what she thought was a handgun covered by a newspaper. Turner then fled in a blue van with $600.

About 45 minutes later, St. Paul police spotted the van in the Phalen Golf Course parking lot about a mile north of the bank. Near the van was Turner carrying a golf bag. He told police later that he was on his way to the driving range to hit some balls.

"I screwed up and got caught, and now I have to deal with the consequences," the charges quote him as saying upon his apprehension at gunpoint.

A search found $570 in a zippered side pocket of the bag. In the van were a wig, eyeglasses and clothing that matched what the robber was wearing.

Turner told police that he has been unemployed since February and had racked up $3,500 in gambling losses in the past five months. He also told authorities that what the teller thought was a gun actually was a golf shoe cleat tool.

PAUL WALSH

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