MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Officials in Woodbury say a 16-year-old boy is in custody and believed to be one of the suspects involved in a carjacking and robbery spree Monday night in a busy shopping area between Woodbury and Oakdale.
A Woodbury police spokesperson said the teenager was arrested in connection to another case, adding that he is “strongly believed” to be one of the suspects involved in the crime spree earlier this week. Detectives from other Twin Cities agencies are working together to identify other suspects connected to the boy.
On Monday night, in a span of about 45 minutes, there were two car thefts, an armed robbery and an attempted armed robbery. One of the stolen cars was recovered not long after.
First, a group of armed suspects reportedly stole a Jaguar from the Woodbury Target. Then, a Honda Accord was stolen from a nearby Holiday gas station while the owner was inside the building.
Next, armed suspects robbed a person’s phone and purse at a Chick-Fil-A. The fourth crime reportedly happened at the nearby Hy-Vee in Oakdale, where there was an attempted armed robbery.
Investigators believe the crimes are connected. While no suspect descriptions have yet been given, Woodbury police said Tuesday 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.