A half-day crime spree that stretched from Sioux Falls to Roseville — bending at a 90-degree angle in Faribault — included a Twin Cities bank robbery, authorities said.
Authorities on Monday released surveillance photos of the suspect as he pulled off two of his crimes, one from a Super America in Lakeville and the other from a bank heist Saturday morning at a Bremer Bank branch at 1715 W. County Road B2 in Roseville.
“Because of the high quality digital imaging provided by both Super America and Bremer, the suspect should easily be identified,” Roseville police said in a statement.
According to police:
Officers were called to the Roseville bank at 9:40 a.m. and determined that a man had handed a teller a note demanding money and implying that he had a gun.
The suspect then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled in a car. Moments later, the car was found abandoned in the parking lot of the Rosedale Commons, a strip mall just west of the bank.
Investigators later determined that the car had been stolen from a Pizza Hut delivery person in Sioux Falls about 10:50 p.m. Friday. The car’s owner said he left the vehicle running and quickly ran into the Pizza Hut to pick up another order to deliver. When he returned, the car was gone.
Hours later, the car thief stole license plates from a vehicle on display at Furlong Motors in Faribault, more than 200 miles away.
Then at 3 a.m. Saturday, the suspect pulled into a Super America off Interstate 35 in Lakeville, put gas in the tank and took off without paying.
The suspect is described as white, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build and short brown hair.
He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with white stitching/vent holes and possibly a “Pizza Hut” logo above the hat’s bill, a black long-sleeve T-shirt, Khaki cargo shorts, white socks and white tennis shoes.
It appears the suspect who drove off from the Lakeville gas station is also suspected of robbing the Roseville Bremer Bank.
Roseville police said that anyone with information about these crimes or the suspect should call 911.