'Calm bandit' hits businesses along I-94

7:58 PM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
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MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - Authorities believe a "calm bandit" has struck again along I-94. An early morning hold up in Maple Grove is the latest stick-up blamed on one man in a ski mask.

The Wednesday robbery occurred at the Burger King restaurant on Grove Drive at 6-6:15 a.m. The lone robber brandished a handgun and ordered two employees into a cooler before absconding with an unknown amount of cash.

"The part that really as law enforcement scares us and we want to get the public's help in identifying this person is that obviously there is not a tremendous amount of fear on his part to do this on a major road in Maple Grove, as well as entering the building with two employees there and displaying and having a handgun available the entire time during the robbery," said Captain Keith Terlinden, Maple Grove Police.

Terlinden said the man's calm demeanor is an indication of prior experience as a robber, since he was apparently unhurried and methodical in executing the crime.

Wright County Sheriff's investigators have been looking for a person believed to be the same man, who tried and failed to hold up the Burger King in Clearwater just after Midnight on September 19th, then moved a few miles down I-94 to the Monticello Burger King. There he was able to hold up the store and escape with cash.

On October 5th, investigators say the man struck the Game Stop Store in Monticello. Until the Burger King robbery in Maple Grove, it was the latest in a string of such armed thefts all the way west to Saint Cloud.

Maple Grove police obtained surveillance photos of the suspect wearing grey tennis shoes, a grey "Columbia style" jacket with a zipper on the left shoulder, a black ski mask with a white mark on the right side of the face and gloves.

"Looks like they have leather or a light colored material on the knuckle portion of the glove," said Terlinden.

For the first time in any of the robberies, authorities have obtained video of what they believe to be the robber's getaway car. It is a dark Dodge Durango, possibly 2005 model.

Wright County Sheriff's Lieutenant Sean Deringer told Kare11's Allen Costantini that the investigation is "very active," but there is "no specific suspect" at this time.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Maple Grove Police at 763-494-6189 or the Wright County Sheriff's at 763-682-1162.

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