MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities in Woodbury say there were two vehicle thefts, an armed robbery and an attempted armed robbery in the area in less than an hour Monday night.
The Woodbury Department of Public Safety said all four crimes happened between 8:15 and 9 p.m.
A blue Jaguar with plates reading FCA869 was taken from a Target by suspects with guns, the department said. A Honda Accord, plates reading GEC302, was taken from a Holiday gas station while the owner was inside. The Jaguar was found overnight, but the Honda is still missing.
At Chick-Fil-A, police said, armed suspects stole a person’s phone and purse. Hy-Vee in Oakdale was the site of the attempted armed robbery.
Bev Berchem lives in Oakdale and frequents the shopping area that was targeted.
“It’s not just in the inner cities anymore, it’s stretching out and it gets scary,” she said. “You don’t know where to go.”
Authorities said they believe the crimes are connected and are “working on developing suspects.”
While police have yet to release suspect descriptions, they say that they are searching for two suspect vehicles involved in the Target carjacking: a 2014 gray Honda Pilot and a newer model black BMW X1.
Anyone with information on the crime spree is asked to call Woodbury Public Safety at 651-714-3600.