Police investigating link between robberies in Minneapolis, St. Louis Park

The Minneapolis Police Department is investigating a potential link between armed robberies at bus stops in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park.

Two robberies took place at a 46th & Bryant bus stop, the first on Jan. 17 at 9:10 p.m. The victim was waiting for the bus when the suspect walked up and pointed a gun at him, demanded a wallet and phone, and fled on foot. On Feb. 13 at 9:45 a.m., the suspect pointed a gun at the victim and took a laptop, phone and wallet. In both cases, the victim was the only person at the bus stop, and neither victim was injured. As of press time, police had not made any arrests and were not releasing suspect descriptions.

St. Louis Park police issued a crime alert on Feb. 21 for two armed robberies at bus stops along Minnetonka Boulevard, occurring between 6 and 7 a.m. In those cases, police described a 5’5″ African American male wearing a mask, dark hoody or a puffy jacket.

St. Louis Park police recommended that people be aware of their surroundings, especially if alone, and keep a cell phone handy to report suspicious people or activity immediately to police.

Minneapolis police issued a separate crime alert in recent weeks noting an uptick in stolen smart phones. Smart phones net $200 or more on the black market, police said, and personal and financial information can be lifted from a phone as well. Police recommended that users enable a passcode, refrain from texting while walking or driving, and avoid leaving the phone unattended.