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Couple charged in multiple bank robberies
Police investigating possible connection to Maplewood Wells Fargo holdup
Burnsville police charged two people Wednesday, April 23, in connection with the robbery of banks in Burnsville and Maple Grove, with one of them suspected to have played a role in Monday's robbery at the Maplewood Wells Fargo.
Rory Alan Mitchell, 50, was charged with one count of robbery, while Kimberly Anne Hillage, 43, was charged with a count of aiding an offender. Dakota County attorney James Backstrom said it's unclear where the suspects are originally from, but they were apprehended in Minneapolis on April 21 and only have connections to Twin Cities banks at this time.
Still, Burnsville police learned that Hillage used identification issued by the state of Washington to rent a room at a Bloomington hotel, and she has an active order for protection from her boyfriend, Rory Mitchell.
An employee at the hotel saw surveillance photos published by the media, recognized the couple and told police that Hillage had been renting a room there. He also told police that a man matching Mitchell's description had been there every night of Hillage's three-night stay.
During the Burnsville holdup April 15, Mitchell allegedly handed a note to a teller that said "give me your $100s, $50s and $20s this is no joke." They then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The Maplewood bank robber was described as a white male, between 35 and 45 years old, wearing a navy blue shirt, light-colored jeans and a dark baseball cap that concealed the majority of his face during the holdup.
The suspect handed a bank teller a note indicating the intended robbery. There was no evidence that the man had a weapon, and no one was injured during the incident.
Mitchell and Hillage made their first appearances in court today, with Mitchell's bail set at $300,000 without conditions ($250,000 with conditions), and Hillage's bail was set at $100,000 without conditions ($75,000 with conditions). Their next court appearances will be May 20 in Hastings.
Tim Faklis can be reached at (651) 748-7814 or at email@example.com