Officials arrest suspect in Cologne bank robbery

The suspect wanted in a recent bank robbery in Cologne has been arrested.

On Monday, Sept. 9, Ranya Hamad Al-Huthaili, 23, was arrested in Roseville by FBI Special Agents and local authorities in connection with a series of bank robberies in Minnesota and Wisconsin, one of which was the KleinBank robbery in Cologne.

The FBI and Roseville Police Department arrested Ranya Hamad Al-Huthaili without incident around 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Rosedale Center mall in Roseville. She had been under surveillance, said FBI spokesman Kyle Loven.

Al-Huthaili is believed to have robbed banks in Stacy and Forest Lake, Minn., as well as Hudson and Menomonie, Wis. She was arrested without incident. Al-Huthaili is currently being held in the Ramsey County Jail awaiting charges.

The robber in all five cases presented a note that threatened the possession of a weapon. No sign of a weapon was present in any of the cases. Surveillance photos indicate the same person is responsible for each robbery, Loven said.

Authorities later served a search warrant at Al-Huthaili’s Roseville residence and recovered various personal property items consistent with those used or worn during the robbery in Cologne. Carver County Sheriff’s Deputies continue to process and examine evidence gathered during the investigation.

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said, “Her arrest is the direct result of the investigative efforts of both local and federal agencies, working side by side. This wouldn’t have worked without a high level of cooperation.”

If you need assistance from police, fire or medical personnel call 9-1-1.  Anyone with information related to this incident or any crime is asked to contact the Carver County Sheriff’s Office at 952-361-1212.  After hours call 952-361-1231.  You may leave an anonymous message on the tip line at 952-361-1224.  You may also use the tip form on the Sheriff’s Office web site at http://www.co.carver.mn.us/county_government/sheriff/crimetip_form.asp

 

Clint Riese, Forest Lake Times, contributed to this article.

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