Seward Well Fargo Robber Arrested

It turns out he was running on liquid courage at the time of the robbery and used his “earnings” to purchase more vodka:

Doug Grow: Robber’s smooth getaway on No. 8 bus ends justly

The getaway turned out to be short-lived. The FBI announced Thursday that a Minneapolis man, Keith Wells, 39, has been arrested and charged with the robbery.

Tips from the public led to the arrest, the feds said. The public was in a position to give tips because the robber managed to have excellent surveillance portraits of himself taken at the bank, which were shown on television and published in the paper.

Running Bank Robbery Errands in Seward

This dude robbed the Wells Fargo, stopped into Zipp’s (next door) to pick up some booze, then grabbed a sandwich at Milio’s (next door) before catching the bus (outside Milio’s)?

Bank robber stops at liquor store, food store, before getaway on bus

A man who robbed a south Minneapolis bank Monday afternoon made the liquor store his next stop, then went into a sandwich shop and finally made his getaway on a bus.

The robber who held up the Wells Fargo branch at 2600 E. Franklin Av. just after 3 p.m. was seen a few minutes later buying a bottle of liquor at a store next to the bank, said FBI special agent Paul McCabe.

That’s a pretty casual getaway. I can’t say that I’m particularly impressed with the police response time to a bank robbery in the middle of Seward at three in the afternoon. I was under the impression that guys like this were generally caught with a sandwich in their hand.

And what’s with the Well’s Fargo employees? Didn’t ANYONE take a peek outside to see where the guy went? I’m not talking about a heroic act like chasing down a robber, but a quick look may have helped. Now we have not one, but two bank robbers on the loose:

It was the second bank robbery in less than a week in south Minneapolis. Last Wednesday a woman walked into the TCF Bank in the Cub Foods at 2850 26th Av. S. and presented a teller with a note demanding money. She received an undisclosed amount of cash. She left on foot with a man waiting for her near the south entrance.