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Uploaded on Jan 21, 2010

The former Minneapolis police officer charged with robbing an Apple Valley bank is also on the hook for five armed robberies in Minneapolis.

Timothy Edward Carson, 28, was charged Tuesday by Hennepin County District Court warrant with five felony counts of first-degree aggravated robbery for robberies Dec. 15 to Jan. 4 in south Minneapolis.

Carson, who recently moved to Rosemount from Apple Valley, was previously charged Jan. 7 in U.S. District Court with one count bank robbery for the Jan. 6 hold-up of Wells Fargo Bank.

Additional charges are expected in Dakota County for a string of armed robberies in Apple Valley, Rosemount and Eagan. The Apple Valley Police Department has already filed reports with the Dakota County Attorney's Office for possible charges. County Attorney spokesperson Monica Jensen said charges likely wouldn't be filed until early to mid-February.

According to the Hennepin County complaint, Carson robbed Hiawatha Cleaners Dec. 15, a woman standing at a bus stop Dec. 31, two Super America stores Jan. 3, and the Sovereign Grounds coffee shop Jan. 4.

All five locations were in the Minneapolis Police Department 3rd Precinct where Carson had his primary assignment. He was also a member of the city's Special Operations Division SWAT Team.

Minneapolis police spokesperson Sgt. Bill Palmer said Carson was no longer with the department effective Jan. 14. He would not say whether Carson was removed or resigned.

Each of the five counts against Carson in Hennepin County carries up to 20 years and prison and a $35,000 fine.

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