On Thursday, September 18 there were four robberies of persons that were possibly related. The incidents occurred at 42 St W/Pleasant Av S, 48 St W/Harriet Av S, and 43 St W/Wentworth Av S, and the 1000 block of E. Minnehaha Parkway in the Third Precinct. They occurred between 7:45 p.m. and 9:p.m. The suspect(s) was armed with a handgun in all three cases.

The suspect(s) was described as:
1. black male, dark complexion, 15-20yo, 6’-6’3”, thin, small ponytail on top of head, wearing a dark colored jacket
2. black male, 15-17yo, 5’10-6’1”, thin, medium afro, wearing tan shirt or black hooded sweatshirt

There was a fourth robbery that occurred at approximately 2:00 a.m. on the 18th that does not appear related. The incident location was 42 St E/Nicollet Av. There were no weapons involved in this robbery. The suspects were described as two mixed race (possibly white and Native American) males, 19-25yo. The first suspect was 5’5”-5’7”, thin, light brown wavy hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans. The second party was 5’8”-5’10”, medium to heavy, short straight brown hair, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

In response to the robberies, the Fifth Precinct commanders switched the focus zone of the precinct to 42 St-49 St/Lyndale Av-35W over the weekend. Squads from the Special Operations division also assisted in the robbery suppression effort. As a result, there were no further robberies in the focus zone.

If you are interested in personal safety/crime prevention tips, the Fifth Precinct SAFE team is hosting a personal safety workshop on Thursday, October 16 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Washburn High School 201 W 49 St. Contact Amy Lavender at (612) 673-5407 or amy.lavender@ci.minneapolis.mn.us for more info.
For additional crime prevention resources please visit the City of Minneapolis’s website at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crime-prevention/.
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2 Responses to “Four Robberies 9/18/08”

  1. Phil Bode on September 26th, 2008 1:25 AM

    Hi all, I just wanted to pass along a theft that happened to us last night between the hours of 12 am and 5 am. The catalytic converter was cut off our Toyota 4Runner with a power saw. Looks like our neighborhood is joining the growing epidemic of this type of theft across the country. We even had our house windows open and the truck parked right in front of our house under a street light.

    A police report has been files and we are working with our insurance agency to get it replaced, but wanted to bring it to the attention of the neighborhood. It seems that catalytic converters are an easy target on vans and SUV’s since the higher ground clearance allows for someone to crawl under the vehicle, cut the converter and be gone in under 2 minutes according to the sites I researched. The parts are then sold as scrap and are worth quite a bit as some of the metal used in them is platinum.

    Keep your eyes open, keep talking to your neighbors and pass this along to anyone who might find this interesting.

    Phil Bode
    4235 Harriet Ave S

  2. Leigha - First Avenue S on October 3rd, 2008 6:48 AM

    It appears that at least one of the suspects has been arrested:


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