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Former Rosemount resident sentenced for string of robberies

Timothy Carson, the Rosemount man who committed a string of robberies last year, will spend more than 10 years in prison for the crimes he committed in Dakota County. Additionallythe former Minneapolis police officer, will serve a concurrent 10 years for crimes he committed in Hennepin County and eight years for federal crimes.

Carson, 29, an Iraq war veteran, pleaded guilty in October to five counts of first degree aggravated robbery and counts of first degree attempted robbery in Dakota County court.

In a press release Dakota County attorney James Backstrom said he believed Carson should have received a longer sentence.

"We believe the defendant should have received significantly more prison time give the serious and violent nature of these crimes committed by an officer sworn to uphold the law," Backstrom said.

Carson committed the series of robberies over the course of a month starting in Dec. 2009. Two of those robberies occurred in Rosemount -- one at the Marathon Gas Station in Rosemount on Dec. 16, 2009 and an attempted robbery of a Rosemount woman outside her home Dec. 30, 2009.

Carson was ultimately captured after robbing a bank in Apple Valley. 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 arrest. 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.

The criminal complaint goes onto state that Carson was scheduled to work at 9 a.m.; however, he 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.

Confronted with the evidence, Carson confessed to the crimes.

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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