BLAINE, Minn. - She is still on the loose, but a Twin Cities woman has been criminally charged in connection with robbing a bank located inside a supermarket in Blaine.
Prosecutors charged 35-year-old Shawna Marie Pearson of St. Paul with simple robbery and theft in the robbery, which took place October 23 at the TCF bank inside the Blaine Cub supermarket.
A teller told investigators that Pearson handed him a note demanding money. She did not flash a weapon but kept one of her arms covered during the robbery like she was holding one. The tellerhanded her a bag with $2,700 and a dye pack, andPearson fled.
Pearson was identified after authorities released a clear surveillance photo of her in the process of robbing the bank. Once the photo was released Blaine police received a flood of calls identifying Pearson as the robber.
When officers went to her home neighbors said she had told them she needed to get out of town. Pearson's blue Ford Conversion Van, also captured in surveillance photos leaving the Cub parking lot, was recovered in Cannon Falls after becoming involved in a traffic accident. The two occupants, one of whom was Pearson, were found to be intoxicated, and she was taken to detox.
Police say the suspect was released from detox before she could be taken into custody, and right now her whereabouts are unknown.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Shawna Marie Pearson is asked to call Blaine Police at 763-427-1212.