MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A robber with a shotgun is targeting several metro area businesses. He’s hit five places since Oct. 4, taking cash from convenience stores and fast food restaurants.

Molly Fritz’s family knows there’s a certain risk that goes with owning a convenience store.

“Just frustration. It’s constant, it’s irritating,” said Fritz, whose family owns several convenience stores.

At least twice a year, Fritz said her shop becomes a target for a robbery. Surveillance video from one of her family’s, Stop-N-Go stores shows a man in a brown hooded sweatshirt walking into the store at 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

“He’s pretty brazen. He doesn’t care if customers are inside or it’s empty,” said Lt. Michael Fossum with the Minneapolis Police Department.

He pulls out a single barrel, sawed-off shot gun and then demands money from the cashier.  He then turns his attention to the customer and takes cash from that person’s pockets.

“He’s very cool.  He’s done it before, which makes it more dangerous,” said Lt. Fossum.

Police believe he’s in the midst of a month long crime spree that started at a Flag Foods in South Minneapolis. Six days later he hit a Taco Bell on East Lake Street.

Three days later, South St. Paul police reported a similar robbery at a convenience store. Surveillance cameras there were able to capture some of his face.

“He’s not nervous and not in a hurry, which makes it more important to get this guy,” said Lt. Fossum.

That was followed by the Stop-N-Go robbery and a Jimmy John’s on Sunday.

“Same thing at Jimmy John’s. He robbed the business and everyone that was inside,” said Lt. Fossum.

Fritz said he left with only $80 because the employees are constantly dropping cash in a safe.

“They don’t understand that. We don’t have the cash on hand. Our employees don’t hold that cash on hand,” said Fritz.

It’s a small payout and another reason why police think other businesses may be at risk.

“We suspect he has a drug habit and is fueling cash from these robberies,” said Lt. Fossum.

Police said they won’t be surprised if he’s responsible for other robberies in the area. He stays in the store for about a minute, which during a robbery, is a very long time to stick around.

Comments (18)
  1. tea bag says:

    aint gunz grate?

    1. Jim says:

      It’s not the guns fault it’s the crazy desperate man’s fault. I wish we lived in a utopia where there was no violence , hate etc but we do not live in that world and never have. America has been awash in guns and violence, war mongering from it’s inception. Do you really want to live in a world where only the criminals and the government have guns? Really?

  2. Big guns says:

    gun and more guns and even more guns and soon – we will have solved the world population problem. 😉 🙂 🙂 bang bang

    1. Jimmy says:

      Yes indeed. And thus it has always been.

  3. Marge says:

    You think Jimmy Johns would be faster to respond than the others.

    1. Taylor J says:

      ROFL…. (horrible) but good 🙂

  4. just sayin says:

    They could start looking in North Minneapolis…

    just sayin.

  5. Kevin says:

    He is working for Zippy Wilf. Zippy needs money for Zippytown and he might not be successful extorting it from the public. So he hired thie guy (Cook?) to start the fundraising.

  6. KegHead says:

    This sounds like one of the drugstore cowboys from St. Louis.

  7. Sally says:

    Yes, we need to round up all the guns from everyone, take mine first….”my cold dead fingers”…

  8. Kevin says:

    More black crime? Really?

  9. Kevin says:

    Not surprised to hear blacks committing crimes.

  10. Get your CCW, and let's go hunting says:

    I wonder if they’re black? Duh me… Hope you girls do this while I’m in the store, seriously – your brain matter (or lack of) will be all over the wall once I’m finished, guaranteed.

    1. Tarts says:

      dummy – they be picking yer junk up off the floor. You be like a gutted deer hanging from a tree ….. gun and done

    2. Conceal & Carry All The Way 8-) says:

      I’m with you Dude! I practice shooting every week. I am a damn good shot too. With my Glock 23, I am fast, and I can put 7 shots to the chest, 3 to the head, and still have 3 left just in case!

  11. konjokris says:

    A white meth head, I’m sure the dude is white.

  12. Murph says:

    The guy ain’t exactly a Bernie Madeoff clone is he! If you are that desperate and not a regular crook.Are you going to waste your first offense, get out of jail free card on a convienence store?He’s got a past record and a rap sheet!