One suspect in string of five robberies

Minneapolis police release surveillance image of robber

A video surveillance camera image of the suspect released Tuesday by Minneapolis Police. Credit: Submitted image

One man is suspected in the armed robberies of five Minneapolis businesses early Tuesday morning.

Minneapolis police just before noon released an image from a video surveillance camera that shows the suspect, described as a heavy-set black male about 20–30 years old. He was dressed all in black with a black knit hat and black facemask covering his face.

Police said he was carrying a black semi-automatic handgun, and in two of the robberies he was reportedly wearing glasses.

The string of robberies began about 4 a.m. and lasted until about 6:30 a.m., hitting a four gas stations and one drug store. Two of the businesses were located in the Wedge neighborhood and a third was in East Isles.

Robberies were reported, in order, from: SuperAmerica, 6000 Portland Ave. S.; Walgreens, 2426 Hennepin Ave. S.; SuperAmerica, 2501 Hennepin Ave. S.; SuperAmerica, 2200 Lyndale Ave. S.; and SuperAmerica, 4320 E. Lake St.

The suspect stole cash. He also stole a small amount of narcotics from the Walgreens. There were no injuries reported.

Police reported another armed robbery occurred around 10 a.m. Tuesday at an unspecified location near Lake & Knox, but that incident appeared to involve a different suspect. It was not believed to be related.

Anyone with information on the robberies or the potential identity of the suspect was asked to contact Sgt. Walter Carlson of the Minneapolis Police Department Robbery Unit at 673-3856.

Police can also receive tips by text to 847-411 or by phone on the tipline at 692-8477.