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Cop charged with robberies

Timothy Carson.

Crime doesn't pay, especially when you are supposed to be the one fighting it.

Rosemount resident Timothy Carson, a Minneapolis police officer, has been charged in U.S. District Court with bank robbery for a hold up at an Apple Valley bank.

Carson, 28, has been linked to a number of other robberies over the last few months in Dakota and Hennepin Counties. More charges are likely in Dakota County Court, including two from Rosemount incidents - one a Dec. 16 robbery at the Marathon Gas Station and one an attempted robbery of a Rosemount woman outside her home Dec. 30.

During the Marathon robbery a young white man entered the convenience store around 7:30 a.m. brandishing a handgun and demanded money. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash and drove away in a waiting car.

During the attempted robbery a white man walked up to a woman in her garage and demanded money. When she screamed for help, the man fled.

"While I can't give a lot of detail because it's still an active investigation, we are pretty confident he is the guy," said Rosemount police chief Gary Kalstabakken.

Kalstabakken said Rosemount investigators plan to turn over their information to the Dakota County Attorney's office sometime in the next week or so to pursue further charges against Carson.

In addition to the bank robbery and Rosemount crimes, Carson is also believed responsible for robberies at a CVS Pharmacy, a US Bank and a Quick Stop store.

A series of serendipitous events led to Carson's capture. On the morning of Jan. 6, Apple Valley police officer Kurt Schultz stopped Carson and gave him a warning for not having a front license plate. Carson identified himself as a police officer during the stop and disclosed that he was carrying a loaded gun according to the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

About 40 minutes later while responding to the bank robbery call Schultz saw Carson's White Mitsubishi Galant headed the opposite direction.

Carson was scheduled to work at 9 a.m., but according to the complaint arrived about an hour late.

With the information from Schultz about Carson's whereabouts and vehicle description, the Minneapolis and Apple Valley police departments decided he was a person of interest.

An Apple Valley detective and FBI agent interviewed Carson at the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Division building in Minneapolis. After initially denying he had any involvement with the robbery, Carson eventually confessed. He told detectives where they could find evidence including the stolen money and clothing worn during the crime.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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