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Posted in Law Enforcement News January 7th, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

Law enforcement personnel personifies trust, ethics, respect, responsibility, however when a cop goes bad it is devastating to a community. In a Twin Cities article, a Minneapolis cop was arrested for a string of armed robberies in suburban Dakota County.

Timothy Edward Carson age 28 was an Apple Valley police officer for three years. Now he is charged on suspicion of first-degree aggravated robbery in connection with a bank robbery in Apple Valley. This is a felony charge and if convicted he would serve time in a Federal Penitentiary.

The Minneapolis police department broke this case. The FBI now has the case for further investigation. Carson, who was hired in 2007, worked overnights on the SWAT team in the 3rd Precinct of south Minneapolis. All the robberies were committed in the early morning hours, which would have been just as Carson was finishing his shift. He is also a suspect in several other armed robberies in the area.

Police are looking at a December 30 robbery of a CVS pharmacy at gunpoint. At 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, a man matching the same description robbed a woman at gunpoint as she was making a deposit into the drive-through teller at a U.S. Bank. Less than an hour later, a man matching the same description robbed a Quick Stop convenience store. Police were also probing whether the same man robbed a Marathon gas station in Rosemount on Dec. 16 and stole a purse from a Rosemount woman on Dec. 30.

Whatever reasons Carson had to rob and steal from people and businesses doesn’t justify his actions. He was in a position of trust with the public and that is why this arrest is difficult to understand why a cop went bad.

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