Police Think 3 More Crimes Linked To Mpls. Robbers

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Police think the people responsible for three business robberies on the city’s south side over the weekend may now be involved in as many as six robberies.

Lt. Mike Fossum, who works with the Minneapolis Robbery Unit, said three more armed robberies happened on Tuesday between 7 and 9 p.m.

The first happened at 7:50 p.m. at a Subway Restaurant located at 2400 E. Hennepin Ave. The next took place at 8:15 p.m. when a woman was robbed on the street while she was going into her apartment building at 3450 Dupont Ave. S. The final incident on Tuesday happened at 8:50 p.m. at a Caribou Coffee shop at 4745 Cedar Ave. S.

Police think there might be a team involved  — one guy robs and the other drives the getaway car. Fossum said they may take turns driving, however.

Police believe the same gunman was involved in robberies that happened earlier in the week. On Monday, two robberies happened within just 15 minutes of each other, and another happened Saturday just before 7 p.m. at Caribou Coffee at 46th Street and Nicollet Avenue.

The Monday robberies happened at a Domino’s Pizza at 5957 Penn Ave. S. and the second at Bella’s Spa at 5015 Ewing Ave. S.

Fossum said there are some common factors that link the robberies to these people. First, they all happen around 7 to 9 p.m. and so far, all but one incident took place in South Minneapolis. The gunman in all incidents was dressed in black and wore a mask. Police also said the victims are usually female.

The suspect is described as a black man, 20 to 30 years old, between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-7, wearing a black face mask, black ski jacket, hooded sweatshirt and black pants. He was also wearing black gloves and was armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun.

No one was hurt in any of the robberies, but there is concern that things will escalate.

Police are investigating and said there may be surveillance video in the Subway robbery. Anyone with information should call the Minneapolis Police Department tip line at (612) 673-3645.

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  • Jon Morgan

    As a resident of the south side of Minneapolis, I find this comment very offensive. We care very much about our neighborhood, and no part of Minneapolis or the suburbs is exempt from being victimized by crime. Please remove it.

  • KLO

    You have your days wrong. Caribou was robbed on Saturday not Friday. I know the person who was working at the store. Why have you not fixed this fact?

  • liam

    south minneapolis is a mecca for street crime..its very unsafe & random violent crimes happen daily..remember the violent crime on the day before thanksgiving in powderhorn park in broad daylight?

    • Joolz

      I live in one of these south MPLS neighborhoods and have for the past 25 years. I find it very safe and neighborly, always have. The only time I’ve ever been burglarized was when I lived in Wayzata. imagine that!

  • Dave Seavy

    South Minneapolis has always been one of the most beautiful and safe parts of the city. More often than not, it’s someone outside that community that comes in and causes all the trouble. In some ways, it might be safe to say that people in S. Mpls have their guard down, because it has been safe. It’s a shame that about the only way to prevent a robbery is to install a bullet proof window covering the entire counter area. Even go so far as to install a gun port, giving the employee the advantage. Try a robbery, you get shot. That would solve a lot of the problem.

  • Molly

    Its Bella Salon and Spa (Not Bella’s Spa)

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