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Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and charging in any felony case or that helps in the capture of a fugitive.

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To provide information click Solve this Crime below each case. Shown below are selected cases Law Enforcement is trying to solve.


2/8/2016 - Minnetonka Police ask for assistance in locating bank robbery suspect
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On Monday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., Minnetonka Police responded to a report of a robbery at the U.S. Bank inside the Lunds & Byerlys store at 13081 Ridgedale Drive. When officers arrived, employees indicated a suspect entered the bank and passed a handwritten note to the teller and demanded cash. No weapon was implied or seen by bank employees. The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was described as a black man with a thin build, approximately 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall wearing a tan suede, mid-thigh length winter coat with lamb’s wool trim around pockets, cuffs, collar and seams. The suspect was wearing a dark colored knit cap on his head covered by a dark, hooded sweatshirt that was worn underneath the coat. 

There were no injuries to bank employees or other customers inside the store.

Police are investigating whether the incident may be related to recent robberies of a similar nature in the metro area. 

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12/30/2015 - Armed Robbers of Dollar Stores in Columbia Heights Sought
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On Thursday, December 24 and Sunday, December 27, two Dollar stores on Central Ave in Columbia Heights were robbed by two different male suspects using similar methods. Both occurred at closing time, and involve the suspect entering the store before closing and going into a back room.

When an employee encountered the suspect in the first incident, the suspect (pictured right) held the victim at gunpoint and zip-tied her hands together before coercing her to summon the other employee and restraining him in the same fashion. The employees were forced to open registers and the store safe and the suspect left with $1600.

In the second incident, a different suspect (pictured below) entered the back room of the store, encountered employees, and forced them to open the safe at gunpoint before leaving with an undetermined amount of cash.

Any information to help identify these suspects is needed by the authorities.

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12/10/2015 - North Minneapolis Shooter of Larry Jones Sought
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On November 4, 2013 at approximately 8:45 pm, Larry Jermaine Jones, age 40, and a relative stopped at a residence in the area of Hillside Avenue North and 22nd Avenue North in Minneapolis.  No one was home at the residence they were visiting so they left.  As they drove away, with Jones in the front passenger seat, a volley of shots rang out and the driver noticed that Jones had been shot. 

The driver went right to North Memorial Medical Center where Jones was listed in critical condition.  Jones was paralyzed from the neck down as a result of this shooting.  On May 22, 2014, Larry Jones died as a result of being shot six-and-a-half months earlier. 

Jones (pictured) was very active in North Minneapolis and has a very involved and loving family that would like to know who did this to Larry.

Anyone with information about who this shooter or shooters is can provide that information and remain anonymous.  Any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for this murder is eligible for a financial reward.  Simply click on the Give A Tip button on the left hand side of this website page or call 800-222-8477.

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12/8/2015 - Information About Unknown Shooter Sought in Killing of Immigrant
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Htoo Baw a 54-year-old Karen immigrant from Myanmar was gunned down Monday night, October 5, 2015 in front of his home in the 700 block of Orange Avenue E., St. Paul.  Family said he was unloading items from his car after a trip.  His 15-year-old daughter heard the shot around 9:30 p.m., ran to an upstairs window and saw someone fleeing the scene on foot.  Police have been unable to identify a motive for this killing or who was the shooter. 

Baw (pictured), the son of farmers, was born in Burma, now known as Myanmar. He fled the civil war that long has rocked that country.  After immigrating to the United States, his wife and children stayed in St. Paul while Baw worked at a meatpacking plant in Iowa.

Police are seeking information about who may have been in that neighborhood at that time; anyone who saw or heard something that may help; or who may have seen the shooting.  Through a special partnership with donor 5 Eyewitness News, the reward for information leading to a felony arrest in this case is up to $10,000.  You can remain anonymous by providing information to Crime Stoppers of Minnesota by clicking on the Give A Tip button on the left hand side of this page.  The offer of this larger reward will remain in place for a limited period of time.

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12/4/2015 - Victim`s Credit Cards Being Used
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On June 8th, 2015 at 10:00 am, officers from the Minneapolis Police Department responded with an ambulance to the area of 11th Avenue South and West River Road on a report of a person down in need to assistance.

Officers arrived in the area and located an adult male, later identified as William Thomas Jacobs, 61, lying unconscious behind the 35 Bridge Collapse Memorial.  Jacob’s wallet was lying on the ground close to his body with the contents strewn about on the ground. 

Photographic evidence shows people using Jacob’s stolen credit cards.  If you recognize anyone in these pictures  contact CrimeStoppers by clicking the Give a Tip link on this page.  All tips are anonymous and anyone providing information in this case that leads to an arrest is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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10/18/2015 - Deputy Steven Sandberg Killed
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While monitoring the welfare of a suspect who was a subject of an investigation on October 18, 2015, at a St Cloud Hospital, Aitkin County Deputy Sheriff Steven Sandberg (pictured) was shot and killed by that suspect.  Deputy Sandberg was a 24 year veteran of the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office, a husband and a father. 
Crime Stoppers of Minnesota joins in feeling the sorrow of all law enforcement and all law-abiding citizens in the loss of this public servant who was performing his duty of serving his community to keep it safe.  We offer special condolences to the family and colleagues of dedicated Deputy Sandberg.

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10/2/2015 - Vehicle of interest in Columbia Heights Home Invasion
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Police in Columbia Heights are seeking information about a vehicle involved in the home invasion and robbery of a 76 year old Columbia Heights man that took place in the 5000 block of Johnson St NE on September 22nd, 2015. Analysis of video surveillance footage from area cameras has developed a “vehicle of interest”.

Based on video surveillance footage from the Target store located at 53rd and Central Ave, a possible scenario of the suspects’ actions has been created.  The victim parked at Target then entered the store.  The suspect vehicle then pulled up next to the victim’s vehicle.  No occupant from the suspect vehicle exited during its stay at the Target store and the vehicle is seen following the victim out of the Target parking lot.  Footage from other surveillance cameras in the area also shows the suspect vehicle following the victim vehicle to within an area near the victim’s home. 

The suspect vehicle is a dark colored sedan, likely a late model Dodge Charger.(pictured)

The suspect is described  as  Black Male- early to mid-20’s, Wearing dark clothing.

If you have information about this crime, the suspects or the vehicle you can submit that information to Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous by clicking the Give A Tip button on this page; by calling Crime Stoppers of Minnesota at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS); or by using the smartphone APP TipSubmit Mobile downloadable for free

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8/26/2015 - Risk To Public Safety Sought in Maplewood Homicide
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Todd Larry Tennin is wanted in the killing of 41-year-old April Marie Tennin at their home in the 1700 block of Woodland Lane, Maplewood, MN.  April Tennin was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound about 6 a.m. Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Suspect Tennin (pictured) is 31 years old, 5’8”, 163 lbs., has black hair and brown eyes.   He has numerous tattoos on his neck, arms, hands and has one or more gold teeth. 

Tennin has a criminal record that includes convictions on second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, malicious punishment of a child and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Tennin is also wanted by the Minnesota Department of Corrections for violating terms of his parole from prison in connection with the weapons-related conviction. The Maplewood Police consider Tennin to be
“a risk to public safety”.

If you know the whereabouts of Tennin you can submit that information to Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous by clicking the Give A Tip button on this page; by calling Crime Stoppers of Minnesota at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS); or by using the smartphone APP TipSubmit Mobile downloadable for free.

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3/31/2015 - Shoreview Murderer May Be Known By This Woman
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Ramsey County Sheriff and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) investigators are seeking identification of a female suspect involved in the Shoreview murder of Hagos Melake on Thursday, August 29, 2013.   

The victim Melake was last seen outside the Hunan Garden Restaurant  in downtown St. Paul where he spent the evening. Mr. Melake left the restaurant at 1:45 a.m. and was seen getting into a vehicle with two unidentified persons. At 6:33 a.m. his deceased body was found in a parking lot in the 5700 block of Hamline Avenue in Shoreview.

His bank card was used by the pictured woman at the US Bank ATM on West Broadway and Emerson Av. in Minneapolis at 4:30 a.m. the same day.  It is known that she was picked up by two other suspects on a corner along West Broadway or the very close vicinity around 4:15 a.m. 

Your help is needed to identify this woman and her whereabouts.  Please submit your information about her at this website and you will remain anonymous and safe.

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3/12/2015 - Missing Falcon Heights Man - Harold Schroetter
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Harold Schroetter (pictured) went missing from his residence in Falcon Heights, MN on February 26, 2009. He was a postal worker in St. Paul and had never missed work for unexplained reasons prior to his disappearance. Harold was in the process of ending his relationship with his live-in girlfriend and changing the beneficiaries of his estate at the time of his disappearance. He was also excited to recently find out he was to become a grandfather. Authorities located Schroetter’s red Chrysler under suspicious circumstances in the area of Arlington Ave, and Jackson St. in St. Paul on March 1, 2009. Authorities believed foul play was involved in his disappearance and he is believed to be deceased.  Blood from Schroetter was found in the trunk of his girlfriend’s car, a white Chrysler 300.  A new trunk liner had been purchased and replaced shortly after his disappearance.

This case has been designated by the Spotlight on Crime Fund of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety for a $50,000 reward.  The reward of $50,000 is separate from any reward offered to be paid by Crime Stoppers of Minnesota, which is an offer of up to $1,000 for information submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers by our website, phone call, text message or smartphone app.

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