TCF Bank in WSP Cub Foods robbed

If the pen is mightier than the sword, then paper is at least as mighty as the pistol.

A lone woman made off an undisclosed amount of cash from the TCF Bank branch inside the West St. Paul Cub Foods July 7 after slipping a teller a piece of paper demanding cash. She then fled the store on foot.

In a release from the Minneapolis office of the FBI, the robber is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall with pale skin and reddish brown hair. At the time of the robbery, she wore a dark sweatshirt and dark pants.

According to Lt. Brian Sturgeon of the West St. Paul police, bank robberies where the suspects brandish notes are actually far more common than those that involve weapons.

“A lot of times the customers or the other employees of the bank don’t even know they’re being robbed,” Sturgeon said. “It’s not like the movies where they come in, guns blazing.”

Sturgeon said West St. Paul police typically investigate two to three bank robberies a year, most of which are isolated crimes conducted by a robber hoping for a quick payday. Sturgeon added that unfortunately for the suspects, the schemes are rarely worth it in the end because bank robberies typically come with many leads for investigators and can result in federal charges when the suspect is caught.

“I can’t think of a bank robbery that has gone unsolved yet,” Sturgeon said. “We solve them pretty quick around here.”

Anyone with information on the July 7 TCF robbery is encouraged to contact the FBI at 763-569-8000 or the West St. Paul police at 651-552-4200.

-- Luke Reiter

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