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Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Man robs bank, locks keys in getaway car

22-year-old man arrested in connection to Barnum Northview Bank robbery


Moshood Kayode Olad Alad Itabiyi of Brooklyn Center was charged with the July 10 robbery of Northview Bank in Barnum.

Moshood Kayode Olad Alad Itabiyi, age 22, of Brooklyn Center was formally charged with aggravated robbery in the first degree and burglary in the third degree. Itabiyi is being held at Carlton County Jail on $30,000 bond or $3,000 cash bail.

At approximately 3:35 p.m., on July 10, Northview Bank in Barnum called 911 to report an individual had walked into the bank brandishing a handgun and demanded money from the teller. The individual was described as a shorter, medium build black male who had been wearing a greenish jacket with a black hood.

Initially, a vague description of a medium build black male, but no vehicle description was given to law enforcement.

Shortly after Northview Bank called 911, a Moose Lake police officer stopped a maroon Saturn traveling southbound on Interstate 35, just north of the Pine County line.

During this traffic stop, there was no available identifying information to lead the officer to believe the individual was involved in the Barnum Northview Bank robbery.

Further investigation into the bank robbery, including video surveillance and witness accounts, yielded additional identifying information on the bank robber, including clothing, physical description and a maroon Saturn passenger vehicle. This information was relayed to other area law enforcement.

Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole said Pine County deputies positioned a squad car at the Highway 23 overpass at I-35. When they spotted a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car headed south on I-35, they pursued the vehicle and were able to pull it over just before the courthouse exit in Pine City.

Pine County deputies detained Itabiyi until Carlton County deputies arrived on scene and identified him as the individual who had robbed Barnum Northview Bank at gunpoint.

Itabiyi was transported to the Carlton County Jail where he was interviewed by a Carlton County Sheriff's Office investigator and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Itabiyi admitted to robbing Northview Bank by using a replica handgun and he acknowledged stuffing the money into a peach-colored pillow case.

As he fled the bank to make his way back to his vehicle, he realized he had locked his keys in the getaway car. He then admitted to going to a nearby residence in Barnum where he went into a garage and stole a hammer to use to break the window of his car to gain entry and drive away from the area.

Investigators executed a search warrant of the vehicle and recovered the replica handgun, the peach-colored pillow case with the money from Northview Bank and the hammer he had stolen from a garage in the city of Barnum to gain entry into his locked getaway car.


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