Van clues police to alleged Little Canada bank robber

Leroy Albert Burley Jr.

A Little Canada man was charged Sept. 9 in connection with the armed robbery of a Little Canada bank the week prior.

Albert Leroy Burley Jr., 54, was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, a felony, for allegedly robbing the U.S Bank in the 2800 block of Rice Street on Sept. 3.

Aided by security footage of the minivan police say Burley drove to the alleged robbery, investigators located the van in Little Canada the day after the incident and tracked it back to Burley’s wife, and then him.

His first appearance in Ramsey County District Court was Sept. 10. He’ll be back in court Sept. 19 and is out of custody on $40,000 bail.

According to court documents, someone robbed the U.S Bank near the intersection of Rice Street and Little Canada Road just minutes after it opened; Roseville police took a robbery report from the bank at 9:11 a.m.

The male robber displayed a gun and demanded cash, making off with $6,628, court documents say. He left the scene, per security footage from neighboring businesses, in a blue Ford Windstar van missing one hubcap, with a distinctive hub cap on another wheel.

The afternoon of Sept. 4 the Ramsey County Special Investigations Unit located a blue 2001 Windstar with the same features driving on County Road B2 in Little Canada, court documents say. A woman was driving and there was a man in the front seat.

Investigators found that the woman and man in the van live in an apartment in the same area of Little Canada, court documents say. Using the address, investigators checked the apartment’s lease, revealing the names of the man and woman, Burley and his wife.

Court documents say a check of Burley’s Facebook profile allegedly showed he matched the description of the bank robber.

Police got a search warrant for the apartment and arrested both Burley and his wife, court documents say. Interviewed by police, the wife allegedly told investigators the van in surveillance images from the time of the robbery was her van and that the person getting out of it was Burley. The wife was not charged with a crime.

Burley declined to be interviewed by police, court documents say. Other surveillance images allegedly show Burley arriving at his work on Sept. 3 around 1 p.m. in the van, wearing clothing similar to what the bank robber was wearing earlier that day.

Minnesota court records do not list Burley as being convicted of any crimes in the state. 

The criminal complaint against him says that in 1985 he was convicted of manslaughter and use of a handgun in a crime of violence, in Maryland. In that same state he had three more convictions: in 1987 he was convicted of possession of heroin and intent to distribute; in 1993 he was convicted of bank robbery; and in 1999 he was convicted of unarmed robbery.

He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years, a $35,000 fine or both.


— Mike Munzenrider

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