By Steve Murphy, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

COLOGNE, Minn. (WCCO) — Authorities are investigating a bank robbery in a quiet community in Carver County Wednesday morning.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office says a man held up the Klein Bank branch on Paul Avenue in the town of Cologne sometime around 7:45 a.m.

Authorities said the man waited in the bank foyer for an employee to open the bank. Once the teller arrived, the suspect approached the teller with a knife. The FBI said at one point during the robbery, the suspect displayed a handgun and told the teller he would shoot her if she did not cooperate with him.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and left in a silver SUV-style vehicle, possibly a Buick Rendezvous.

The robber was described as a lone white male, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He wore a tan-colored Carhart type coat, black pants, black gloves, black mask and sneakers.

The FBI believes the suspect is the same person who robbed the First National Bank of the Lakes branch in Orono on Feb. 17, 2011, and possibly three to four other banks in the metro area over the past two months.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Carver County Confidential Tip Line at 952-361-1224 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Click here to see the wanted poster issued by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.

Comments (12)
  1. Klein bank on main street huh? Go in, get the money, and escape! Great location to rob because of all the get aways but come on people! This guy is goona get caught. He went from dead broke to having thousands of dollars. The warning flag will go up and they will catch him. Hopefully nobody getss hurt in the process. Cologne is a great little town and who would have thought a bank robber would show up? If anyone is ever out that way stop in at modern design cabinet shop and check out their awesome work! It truely is craftmenship at its best. Then swing over to deboars and have a monster burger and a cold one!

  2. Nancie says:

    Ridiculous! SERIOUSLY!?

  3. Murph says:

    How’d you catch me? Oh wait a minute that’s YOUR name! I thought some savvy clerk checked out my hardware!

  4. Tad G says:

    Hello Pam, Jay, Hung, Clint and Flash

  5. Ralph likes a cheer says:

    And a big HELLO to Pam,Jay,Hung,Clint,Flash,Murph,and Tad

    Nice to have a moment of frivolity in a world thats not always so cheery. Cheers to all!
    Hope they catch the bad dude in Cologne. Maybe he lives in Perfume? Or Scent?
    Regardless – catch him

  6. Happy I am not at the crime but says:

    I’ll even toss a Hi at Nancie despite her lack of humor 😉
    So hi Nancie

    BTW – this is my old hometown. Thye better get the bum

  7. Repeat this again and again and again says:

    kinda curious as to how, on a day in the mid 30’s, one can walk into and then out of a bank and not have someone pick up on a problem beofre its to late.
    hows this work? especially in a small town like Cologne

    btw – a hi to all here also. Nothing like a smile added to a dreary day. thanks for the laughs everyone…..made my day brighter.

    1. Deb says:

      Typical for Cologne. No one is prepared for anything to happen because nothing ever does. Did you know time stands still out here?

  8. Rachel does not get it says:

    Day 2

    This all the news you can provide on this ?
    A Mpls doggy park gets columns and columns and days and days of coverage. This get’s a tiny print piece?
    Care to explain that to us all?

  9. ThomasY says:

    Won’t see a thing more I bet until the perp is caught. If he gets away – this was it.

    The Chanhassen Elementary Scool in Chanhassen is in the process of being vacated and all being bussed to Bluff Creek CC. GAS LEAK.

    See anything here on Wcco on that? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  10. go get em rosco says:

    Really! The sheriff”s office has this crime alert poster with a picture that shows a bluuuuuur. Exactly,who could make out that pearson-you think a camera update needed? just a thought!

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