Bank Robbery, A Round Of Golf; It Was A Full Day

There’s an O.J. Simpson joke in here somewhere, but darned if I can find it. Anyway, this man robs a bank in St. Paul, MN, and immediately after making his getaway, he does the totally logical thing — he heads straight to a nearby golf course to get in nine holes. Marking his ball with gold Krugerrands was a dead giveaway.

Frazier E. Turner, 50, of St. Paul — who says that he has a gambling problem — was arrested at Phalen Golf Course with cash from the robbery tucked into his golf bag. He was charged Wednesday in federal court with robbing the TCF Bank at the Cub Foods store at 1177 Clarence St.

The MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE scores one of those rare stories that can be reported either in the sports, business or police blotter sections:

According to the charges, Turner, wearing a disguise, gave a teller a note at about 9 a.m. Monday demanding cash. He also threatened the teller with what she thought was a handgun covered by a newspaper. Turner then fled in a blue van with $600.

About 45 minutes later, St. Paul police spotted the van in the Phalen Golf Course parking lot about a mile north of the bank. Near the van was Turner carrying a golf bag. He told police later that he was on his way to the driving range to hit some balls.

“I screwed up and got caught, and now I have to deal with the consequences,” the charges quote him as saying upon his apprehension at gunpoint.

Oh, and he pulled off the robbery by producing a golf cleat tool and telling the teller it was a gun.

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