Blaine man sentenced for robbing TCF Bank

A Blaine man was sentenced Aug. 28 in Anoka County District Court for robbing a TCF Bank in Blaine last year.

Michael Lee Watts, 56, had pleaded guilty July 15 to a felony first-degree aggravated robbery charge.

A 57-month sentence at the St. Cloud prison was stayed as long as he does not violate the terms of his 20-year probation. Watts was given credit for 285 days already served in the Anoka County Jail.

Besides remaining law-abiding, other probation terms include paying $1,241 in restitution within 12 months, paying a $185 court fine, completing a mental health assessment within the next 60 days, going through a cognitive skills training program, no use of alcohol, no possession of a firearm and he cannot enter the TCF Bank location near Northtown Mall that he robbed.

According to the criminal complaint, the Blaine Police Department 10:34 a.m. Nov. 17, 2012 were alerted to a robbery that had just occurred at TCF Bank, 331 County Road 10.

A bank teller told police that Watts had approached the counter and said, “I have a weapon, put the money in the bag,” according to the complaint.

Watts was caught red-handed as he quickly found near the crime scene with red ink all over his left arm and hand, which came from a pre-packaged bundle of money that contained a red dye pack.

Police found large amounts of U.S. currency on Watts and a knife under his sleeve and he had large amounts of U.S. currency, according to the complaint.

Eric Hagen is at
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