Tuesday, November 23, 2021
From MPD 5th Precinct Inspector Katie Blackwell:
We have recently experienced an increase in aggravated robberies. Particularly in the Lowry Hill East and Whittier Neighborhoods; however, there are some incidents have occurred outside of these neighborhoods.
The suspect descriptions vary in race, gender and age. The majority of suspects have been described as males, and in a few cases females, in their late teens to 20 years old. Often times, suspect(s) approach victims and there are additional suspects nearby as a lookout or to drive them away. In some cases a weapon is displayed or implied. It appears most victims are by themselves or in a pair; either walking, sitting in their vehicle or near their vehicle. The suspects are looking at stealing vehicle keys, wallets, purses and/or cell phones. In some incidents the suspects are using the stolen credit cards shortly after the incident or they steal the vehicle.
We are asking the public to remain aware of their surroundings, drive or walk away if they are not comfortable with a situation, lock your car doors, and provide the best description of the suspects and/or their vehicle to 911.
We have put out additional squads that are actively conducting directed patrols in the high pattern areas and are working with specialty units to focus on these incidents and investigations.
Inspector Katie Blackwell
Minneapolis Police Department
3101 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408