Brooklyn Park woman charged with robbing two banks, attempting a third

Friday, May 06, 2016

A Brooklyn Park woman was charged with robbing two banks and attempting to rob a third, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Melanie Sue Carey, 39, was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of attempted second-degree robbery. She is expected to make her first appearance Monday.

According to the criminal complaint, on April 19, a woman wearing an oversized sweater oversized sunglasses and a black fishing hat walked into the Wells Fargo Bank on Brooklyn Boulevard in Brooklyn Center. She handed a teller a note saying “I am armed. This is a robbery. Give me the cash. Don’t press anything.” The teller handed her the cash from her drawer and the robber fled.

Brooklyn Center Police obtained the surveillance video from the bank and later put out a news release asking for help in identifying the suspect. Someone who knows Carey called police and identified her, the complaint states.

However, on April 28, Carey went into a Wells Fargo Bank on Nicollet Avenue in Richfield wearing a hooded sweatshirt that covered much of her face and handed the teller a note similar to the one used in the previous robbery. She fled with the money, according to the complaint.

Finally, on Thursday, Carey entered a TCF Bank on West Broadway in Robbinsdale and used another note to demand money. However, before getting the cash, Carey thought the teller pushed the alarm, so she fled the bank, but was caught by police a short time later, the complaint states.

Carey criminal complaint (PDF)