Law enforcement seeks information on bank robbery

Officials released this photo of the suspect of the KleinBank robbery in Cologne on Aug. 15.

Officials released this photo of the suspect of the KleinBank robbery in Cologne on Aug. 15.

by ADAM GRUENEWALD
NYA Times

A robbery occurred at the KleinBank in Cologne at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15.
According to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect presented the teller with a note demanding money. The suspect did not brandish any weapons, but implied she was armed with a firearm. The teller set cash on the counter, which the suspect picked up and then left the bank. No one was injured during the encounter.
The suspect is described as a white female, approximately 5’8” tall, and in her early to mid-20s. She was wearing a black head scarf, a loose black blouse and loose black slacks. She wore black framed sunglasses with gold trim on the temples.
The same location was among the banks robbed by a Minneapolis man known as the “man-in-black bank robber” between March 9, 2011 and Jan. 3, 2012.
Mark Edward Wetsch, 49, pled guilty to five robberies and admitted responsibility for 25 additional bank robberies that occurred in 2011, including the one at KleinBank in Cologne on March 9, 2011 where $11,400 was stolen.
Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud said law enforcement considered whether the Cologne bank location is a concern, as it was also robbed in the late 1990s.
“We’re asking ourselves that same question,” he said.
Kamerud said law enforcement has also looked at whether there could be future related robberies.
“There’s always concern of that,” he said. “There’s no direct evidence of any other specific targets.”
Considering evidence and the photo of the suspect, Kamerud said law enforcement expect to find the suspect.
“I’m pretty optimistic on this one,” he said. “We’re feeling confident.”
Multiple calls to the KleinBank headquarters in Chaska were not returned by press deadline.
Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the Carver County Sheriff’s Office at (952) 361-1212 or (952) 361-1231.
Information can also be shared at http://www.co.carver.mn.us/county_government/sheriff/crimetip_form.asp. The FBI is available at (763) 569-8000 to receive information about this case.

Contact Adam Gruenewald at adam.gruenewald@ecm-inc.com.

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