Police make arrest in bus stop robberies

 

Police have arrested a 20-year-old man who is a suspect in four armed robberies at bus stops in Minneapolis, including two incidents at 46th & Bryant and one incident at 53rd & Xerxes.

Police arrested the man March 1 in connection with a Feb. 28 robbery on the 600 block of 8th St. SE. He is also a suspect in other robberies throughout the metro, police said.

Police had investigated a potential link between armed robberies at bus stops in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park. St. Louis Park police issued a crime alert last month following two armed robberies at bus stops along Minnetonka Boulevard.

In Minneapolis, two of the 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.

Minneapolis police issued a 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.