Police fear Mpls. robbery suspect could escalate

MINNEAPOLIS -- One hundred fifty minutes was all it took.

That's was the time frame Tuesday morning, between 4 and 6:30 a.m. that a black mm, clad in all black clothing, robbed five south Minneapolis businesses.

In all. he hit four Super America convenience stores and one Walgreen's drug store.

His spree began at the SA on 60th and Portland Avenue South. He then went to Walgreen's at 24th and Hennepin in Uptown and then to the SA across the street from there. His fourth heist was at the SA at 22nd and Lyndale in Uptown and his final robbery came at the SA at 4320 East Lake Street.

In the SA robberies he took cash and at the Walgreen's he escaped with prescription drugs.

Never once did he fire his weapon, but that doesn't mean he never will, police warned.

"When you have a string like this you are concerned about whether or not someone is going escalate," said Minneapolis Police Commander Catherine Johnson. "You are concerned about where the next move is going to be and you are concerned about getting to that individual as quickly as you can as an investigator and putting an end to his activities."

Johnson was not saying if the suspect had a getaway car but transportation had to happen somehow as he covered a wide area of south Minneapolis in a short amount of time.

Going into all stores; however, he acted alone.

Inn addition to the all black clothing, he was wearing a hat and a facemask.

The Minneapolis Robbery Unit is investigating the case. If you recognize the man in the photos, call 612-673-3856.


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