The Star Tribune by KATIE HUMPHREY and DAVID CHANEN - January 7, 2010
Police sources familiar with the investigation say Timothy Edward Carson could be connected to at least a dozen robberies in the metro area over the past two weeks.
Minneapolis police officer Timothy Edward Carson's shift on Wednesday started at 9 a.m. But he wasn't there. By the time he told a supervisor he was running late at 9:30, the FBI says, Carson had robbed an Apple Valley bank and was well on his way to getting caught. Carson, 28, was arrested early Thursday and appeared in federal court Thursday afternoon, charged with bank robbery. More criminal charges are expected to follow; police sources familiar with the investigation say he could be connected to at least a dozen robberies in the metro area over the past two weeks. "The bottom line with police work is ethics and trust and respect. He blew every one of them," said Lt. John Delmonico, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, of which Carson is a member. "Good luck to him in jail." The criminal complaint outlining the bank robbery charge against Carson shows that the trail of clues leading to his arrest began minutes before he allegedly robbed the Wells Fargo Bank on Pilot Knob Road. At 8:37 a.m., Apple Valley police officer Kurt Schultz pulled over Carson's white Mitsubishi Galant because it lacked a front license plate. Carson identified himself as a Minneapolis police officer and was allowed to go on his way. At 9:17 a.m., Schultz was called to the bank on the robbery report. A minute earlier, a man in a black jacket and ski mask had robbed the bank. Armed with a handgun, he had ordered the tellers to give him money, which he put in a backpack, before fleeing to a light-colored vehicle parked outside. En route to the bank, Schultz saw Carson's car headed north near the bank at 9:22 a.m. "That was the break in the case," said Apple Valley Police Chief Scott Johnson. Minneapolis police say Carson arrived for work at 10 a.m.