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Rory Mitchell charged in Maplewood Wells Fargo robbery
Investigators looking into partner's involvement
Police charged Rory Alan Mitchell on Friday, April 25 in connection with the robbery of a Maplewood Wells Fargo that took place April 21, marking the third bank robbery he's been attached to this week.
Mitchell, 50, and Kimberly Anne Hillage, 43, were charged by Burnsville police Wednesday, April 23, with the robbery of banks in both Burnsville and Maple Grove, and authorities quickly suspected Mitchell played a role in the robbery of the Wells Fargo near Maplewood Mall.
"We're glad we have someone charged with this robbery," Maplewood police chief Paul Schnell said. "Between the charges in all three counties, he's looking at a lot of jail time with the spree he went on."
It's unclear where Mitchell and Hillage are originally from, but they were apprehended in Minneapolis on April 21. Burnsville police reported 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. The employee 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 Dakota County district court April 24, 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