Blaine Police identify woman suspected of robbing TCF Bank

Authorities have identified the woman who allegedly robbed a TCF Bank in Blaine, but need the public’s help to find her.

Police are looking for Shawna Marie Pearson of St. Paul, a suspect in the Oct. 23 robbery of TCF Bank inside Cub Foods on Central Avenue NE in Blaine. Photo courtesy of Blaine Police Department

Police are looking for Shawna Marie Pearson of St. Paul, a suspect in the Oct. 23 robbery of TCF Bank inside Cub Foods on Central Avenue NE in Blaine. Photo courtesy of Blaine Police Department

The Anoka County Attorney’s Office Monday, Oct. 28 charged Shawna Marie Pearson, 35, of St. Paul with two felony counts – simple robbery and theft.

The blue Ford van she allegedly used to flee from the bank was impounded by the Cannon Falls Police Department Oct. 23, the same day as the robbery, when it was involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Pearson and another occupant of the van were intoxicated and Pearson was taken to a detox facility, but subsequently released before police were able to identify her and put a warrant out for her arrest, according to the criminal complaint.

Pearson allegedly entered the TCF Bank located inside a Cub Foods store, 12595 Central Ave. NE, in Blaine the evening of Oct. 23 and with her eyes opened wide, she handed a bank teller a note that said, “Give me the money!”

The teller looked up at Pearson who allegedly opened her eyes even wider, so he realized she was serious.

He told police he saw no weapon, but she kept one of her arms covered the whole time, according to the complaint.

Pearson made off with over $2,700 and was seen leaving in a blue Ford van, the complaint alleges.

The robber did not disguise herself, so after being called to the scene 5:27 p.m. Oct. 23, the Blaine Police Department quickly shared photos of the woman and the van with the media, looking for the public’s help to identify and locate her.

Once law enforcement received credible tips allegedly identifying Pearson, the bank teller was able to point her out in a photo lineup.

Law enforcement went to her St. Paul home and one neighbor told police Pearson had allegedly said she needed to get out of town.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Pearson, call the FBI at 763-569-8000 or the Blaine Police Department at 763-427-1212.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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