Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Rory Alan Mitchell, age 50 (no known address) was charged* today with one count of Robbery, and Kimberly Anne Hillage, age 43 (no known address) was also charged* today with one count of Aiding an Offender, in connection with robbing a TCF bank located in Burnsville on April 15, 2014.
The following facts are contained in the criminal complaint filed today:
On April 15, 2014, at approximately 4:15 p.m., officers of the Burnsville Police Department responded to a robbery at a TCF bank. It was reported that a man later identified as Rory Alan Mitchell entered the bank at 4:11 p.m., approached a teller line and displayed a handwritten note that stated, “give me your $100’s, $50’s and $20’s this is no joke”. The suspect also verbally demanded money. The suspect fled the scene minutes later with an undisclosed amount of money. Officers checked the area and were unable to locate the suspect. The evidence collected in this investigation revealed that a man matching the description at this location had robbed a Wells Fargo bank in Maple Grove. Surveillance images matched the description.
A Bloomington hotel employee recognized the images on the surveillance photos in the media and told police a hotel room was rented by Kimberly Hillage on April 10, 2014. The employee stated a male matching the description was also at the hotel every night. Hillage checked out of the hotel on April 13.
Burnsville police officers learned that Hillage used identification from Washington State to rent the room. After contacting authorities in Tacoma, Washington, Burnsville police officers learned that Hillage had an active order for protection out against her boyfriend, Rory Mitchell.
Mitchell is also suspected in a bank robbery in Maplewood. Mitchell and Hillage were apprehended on April 21 in Minneapolis.
Additional details pertaining to these charges can be found in the criminal complaint located at: Criminal Complaint Search
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Backstrom commented: “This was a great example of cooperative and outstanding police work by multiple local law enforcement agencies and the FBI. Detectives were persistent and worked well with other agencies to swiftly apprehend the suspects in these bank robberies.”
Backstrom thanked all of the law enforcement agencies involved in the thorough investigation of this case and quick apprehension of these suspects. Agencies involved included Maple Grove, Maplewood and Burnsville, and the FBI.
Mitchell made his first appearance in court today and bail was set in the amount of $300,000 without conditions ($250,000 with conditions) by Dakota County District Court Judge Timothy McManus. Mitchell’s next court appearance is set for May 20, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Hastings.
Hillage made her first appearance in court today and bail was set in the amount of $100,000 without conditions ($75,000 with conditions) by Dakota County District Court Judge Timothy McManus. Hillage’s next court appearance is also set for May 20, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Hastings.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.