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Confessed robber's getaway not quite speedy enough

Christopher Anson evaded capture once Tuesday, but not twice.

Minutes after allegedly using a knife to hold up White Rock Bank in Cannon Falls, the 23-year-old was pulled over for speeding by a Cannon Falls officer. During the stop, the bank's holdup alarm dispatched to officers.

The officer ended the traffic stop and allowed Anson to go, telling him to expect a ticket in the mail. But the officer recalled that "something was different about his behavior," Cannon Falls police Chief Jeff McCormick said.

When the officer viewed bank surveillance video, he realized the robbery suspect was the speeding motorist he had just stopped.

"That narrowed it down pretty quick," McCormick said, adding that the officer still had all the information from Anson's driver's license, giving police all the identification "to make our job really easy."

Information on the suspect and the vehicle was given to surrounding law enforcement agencies and to Inver Grove Heights, Minn., authorities, who were asked to check on Anson's residence there.

While Inver Grove Heights officers scoped out Anson's car parked outside his residence, he emerged from the house and asked police what was going on.

"His day changed quite rapidly at that point," McCormick said, joking that Anson "qualified for dumbest criminal of the year."

Police recovered the suspected weapon and money taken in the robbery after executing search warrants on both Anson's residence and his vehicle.

Anson was taken into custody without incident and arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery, second-degree assault and terroristic threats. No one was injured during the robbery, which occurred at 12:23 p.m.

Anson allegedly admitted to the robbery during interviews with investigators. According to state court records, Anson pleaded guilty in 2005 to misdemeanor theft in Dakota County and in a 2007 Hennepin County petty theft case.

Formal charges are expected to be issued this week.