Police nab North St. Paul man suspected of Shoreview bank robbery


Robbery suspect Steven Michael McKeon allegedly seen July 12 at the Shoreview Cub Foods.

A man suspected of a recent bank robbery in Shoreview was found and arrested in North St. Paul July 13. 

According to police, the man, “possibly a serial robber,” entered the Cub Foods in the 3700 block of Lexington Avenue in Shoreview around 10:20 a.m. July 12 and walked straight over to the TCF Bank inside the grocery store.

Surveillance video footage shows the man approach a female bank teller with a note demanding cash, police said, and according to the teller, he implied that he had a gun on him, but he did not show it. 

The woman handed him an envelope with cash inside. It was only later, however, that he discovered that cash wasn’t the only contents of the envelope. 

As the man left Cub Foods and headed toward his car, a 2003 black GMC Envoy, a dye pack inside the envelope exploded on him in the parking lot. 

According to Randy Gustafson, public communications and crime prevention coordinator at the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, dye packs are meant to explode with red ink, marking the money as stolen, as well as flagging the suspect’s hands, body and clothing with red ink, making the individual stand out.

It worked, Gustafson said. 

“Two witnesses saw the man with what appeared to be a red cloud following him,” he said. “And they were able to get a license plate.”

Though deputies nor officers of neighboring law enforcement agencies could locate the suspect, described as a 6-foot tall white man, on the day of the incident, police located him the following day using the information the witnesses provided. 

“Investigators were able to identify the suspect, locate him at an address in North St. Paul, and arrest him with the assistance of the North St. Paul Police and the U.S. Marshals Office the next evening,” Gustafson said. 

The 34-year-old man, of North St. Paul, is being held at the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center and investigators are actively gathering evidence and putting together a case for felony charges. The man has not been charged with any crimes and his name has yet to be released.

According to Gustafson, he is not a suspect in the recent rash of fast food restuarant robberies, two of which took place in Arden Hills. 

 

 

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