Two charged in connection with bank robberies

A man is charged in two April 15 bank robberies, including one at a TCF Bank in Burnsville, and his girlfriend is charged with aiding an offender.

Rory Alan Mitchell, 50, and Kimberly Anne Hillage, 43, were arrested April 21 at the Aqua Motel in Minneapolis.

Mitchell was charged in Dakota County with one count of simple robbery. Hillage had been staying with him in hotels and was identified by police as Mitchell’s girlfriend.

The other April 15 robbery was at a Wells Fargo Bank in Maple Grove. Mitchell is also charged in Hennepin County with simple robbery.

Based on surveillance videos, he also robbed a third bank in Maplewood on April 21, according to the Hennepin County criminal complaint.

Burnsville police responded to the TCF Bank at about 4:15 p.m. April 15. Mitchell allegedly handed over a note demanding 100-, 50- and 20-dollar bills. He also verbally demanded money, according to the complaint in Dakota County.

He followed a similar pattern at the Maple Grove bank at about 5:36 p.m., according to the Hennepin County complaint. He made off with $5,400 in that robbery, the complaint said.

One of the distinguishing features in both robberies was the robber’s “Call of Duty Ghosts” baseball cap, complaints said. A Burnsville detective viewed surveillance photos from both robberies and concluded the suspect was the same man.

On April 18, Burnsville police got a report from a man who said he was selling a vehicle on Craiglist. He told police he met a man to discuss the vehicle on April 12 at the Super 8 Hotel in Bloomington. The first man said the man he met with, who didn’t buy the vehicle, fit the description of the April 15 bank robber based on surveillance images posted on the Star Tribune website.

Police went to the hotel April 18 and showed images of Mitchell to an employee, who said she recognized him as a man staying there in a room booked by Hillage on April 10. They were seen coming and going from the hotel together before checking out on April 13, the Dakota County complaint said.

The man selling the vehicle told police that the woman with the man who looked at the vehicle talked about leaving for Kansas or Nebraska after they bought a vehicle.

Burnsville officers identified Hillage through a Washington state identification she used to book the room.

They learned that she has an active order for protection against Mitchell. Police in the city of Tacoma told them Mitchell is Hillage’s boyfriend.

Hillage rented a room on April 13 at the Days Inn in Eagan, paying cash and checking out on April 16. On April 15, she rented a room at the Days Inn in Roseville. She and Mitchell were seen coming and going from the hotel together.

On April 21, they went to Cottage Grove and bought a car for $650 in cash, the Dakota County complaint said. The seller told police Mitchell commented about “not needing the car long,” the complaint said.

He was seen robbing the Maplewood bank at about 3 p.m. that day, and sold the vehicle to a scrap dealer about an hour later, the complaint said.

Hillage rented the Aqua City Motel room on April 21, where police found and arrested the pair. The “Call of Duty” hat was in the room, along with other clothing seen on the surveillance videos.

Mitchell had drugs and $2,400 in cash in his possession, the Hennepin County complaint said.

He has an “extensive arrest record” and multiple felony convictions dating back to the late 1980s in Washington, California, Oregon, Texas and now Minnesota, the complaint said.