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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.

Simply click on the Submit a Web Tip button on the left of this page; call our toll free number; send us a text message; or use a smart phone APP to qualify and to help solve a crime.
To provide information click Solve this Crime below each case. Shown below are selected cases Law Enforcement is trying to solve.

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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3/25/2015 - Details Needed to Find Crystal Boy Barway Collins
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Barway Collins disappeared after school on Wednesday, March 18.  Collins was last seen at the Cedarwood apartment complex, located at 5450 Douglas Dr. N., in Crystal, MN around 4:30 p.m. after he got off a school bus at approximately 4:15.  Collins (pictured) is 5-feet tall, 80 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.  He was wearing a black jacket, white T-shirt, black pants, red shoes and was carrying a red backpack.

Investigators from the Crystal Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) are seeking information to identify the whereabouts of Collins or who may have been the last to see him.  Crime Stoppers of Minnesota provides anyone with information about this case with anonymity.  If that information leads to a felony arrest related to his disappearance we will pay a reward up to $1,000

Additional rewards are being offered by others separate and independent of Crime Stoppers’ offer for information that may identify where he is.  All information provided to Crime Stoppers is provided anonymously and is forwarded to the local investigating authorities.

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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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12/29/2014 - Bloomington Residences Hit by Burglaries - Special Reward Offered
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During November and December of 2014 there have been several home burglaries in Bloomington, MN.  The items stolen have included various electronic devices and high quality jewelry.  In one instance the jewelry taken included items purchased from Tiffany Jewelry valued at over $60,000.  (Ring as one of the items taken is pictured)

With the assistance of a concerned citizen, a larger than normal reward of up to $2,500 is offered by Crime Stoppers of Minnesota for information leading to an arrest in these burglaries.  Information about the suspect(s) or about the jewelry being seen or attempted to be sold provided through Crime Stoppers will be sent to the Bloomington investigators and you can remain anonymous.

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8/15/2014 - Plymouth Park Playground Arsonist Sought
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New playground equipment set to be installed was destroyed by arson the night before work was to begin.  The new equipment was at Plymouth Creek Park located at 3625 Fernbrook Lane, in Plymouth MN.  The fire happened just after midnight on Friday, August 15, 2014 damaging all of the new equipment.  The State Fire Marshal and Plymouth Police investigators have determined the cause to be arson but have no leads about who started this fire estimated at over $200,000 in damage. 
If you saw or heard any activity in the park at that time, or if you know of who may have been involved in causing this damage (pictured), you can contact Crime Stoppers of Minnesota and remain anonymous, and if that information leads to an arrest, you may qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.

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7/31/2014 - Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick Killed
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At a traffic stop on July 30, 2014 of a car in West St. Paul, Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick was shot and killed by that vehicle’s driver.  Officer Patrick was a 19 year veteran of that Police Department, a husband, and father of two.
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 Officer Scott Patrick.

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3/21/2014 - Armed Robbers Hit Twin Cities Sandwich Shops and Restaurant
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A pistol toting trio of masked robbers who have held stickups at sandwich restaurants may be the same group.  Two Subways were robbed on Thursday, March 20, one at 7 a.m. at 2400 E. Hennepin Av., the second was at 8:30 a.m. just over two miles to the north in the St. Anthony Shopping Center at 2900 NE. Pentagon Drive.  Other sandwich shops robbed in this spree are a Subway struck at about 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 13 located at 50th Street near Chowen Avenue S, a Subway about 9:50 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at 3541 Cedar Av. S., and a Quiznos at 1851 Washington Av. S., just west of the University of Minnesota.  The same robbers may have also struck at the Lone Spur Grill and Bar on Cedar Lake Road in Minnetonka on Monday, March 17.

Authorities are not yet certain that all of the robberies are related but are seeking information about any of these crimes that may describe the culprits, their vehicle, where they may have gone or that they are bragging about their escapades.  Descriptions from the Chowen Av. Subway are that they appear to be in their late teens to late 20’s.  At least two of them are identified as African American, the third is unknown.

Because these are armed robbers (pictured) who have roughed up restaurant employees and put them in refrigerated coolers, they pose a dangerous threat for wherever they may strike. Authorities in Minnetonka, Minneapolis and St. Anthony Village are working together to identify these criminals.

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3/14/2014 - Murder of Twins Fan Paul Fisher
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On Saturday, July 25th, 2009 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Paul Fisher (pictured) was murdered as he approached the parking lot entrance to his apartment building at 5301 Chicago Avenue South, in Minneapolis.  Policed have been frustrated by the lack of leads about how this crime could happen to Paul on the step of his home. 
Information about a possible vehicle in the area, sounds that may have been heard, people that may have been seen, is needed.  If you have heard somebody talk about or boast about this crime you can share that information and remain anonymous and earn a reward of up to $1,000.
If you have information about this crime or who committed it you can submit it on this webpage by clicking the  GIVE A TIP box on the left of this page and that will qualify you for the reward if the information leads to an arrest and charging in this case.



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3/3/2014 - A Single Tip is Needed to Solve the Murder of Lois Swenson
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Minneapolis Police Department Homicide Investigators continue to urge the public to call them or Crime Stoppers if they have any information that might help them solve the murder of 76-year-old Lois Swenson (pictured).  Swenson, a popular peace, justice, and environmental activist, was brutally killed inside her own home on the 2200 block of Vincent Avenue North in early June of 2012.

There was no sign of forced entry at the victim’s home. Her body was discovered when friends and family members had become concerned that they hadn’t heard from Swenson in several days. Police haven’t received a lot of new information in recent months in spite of earnest efforts to solve this case.

“We believe we know who’s involved” Minneapolis Police Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman said.  Lt. Zimmerman believes someone close to the suspect may have the information investigators need. “In my near 20 years as a homicide investigator, we’ve never been so close to a suspect without being able to charge him. We just need a little bit more, anyone who has talked to this person please call us or Crime Stoppers,” Zimmerman concluded.

In addition to the Lieutenant, 2 other detectives have been working on this case for almost 2 years now but have yet to find the information they’re looking for which is why they are updating the public through the use of Crime Stoppers with the need for that information.  The Minneapolis Police want to re-emphasize that Crime Stoppers of Minnesota has long provided an avenue for the public to provide information to police anonymously. Additionally, Crime Stoppers of Minnesota offers a cash reward of up to $1000 for information provided through Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest.

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5/14/2013 - Special $60,000 Reward for Who Killed 3 Year Old Terrell Mayes
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With specially donated funds and a partnership with Spotlight On Crime, a reward of up to $60,000 is available to help find who murdered Terrell Mayes just 3 years old.  This partnership brings together monies from corporations that view this crime with deep concern by supporting the nonprofit Spotlight On Crime and donations to Crime Stoppers of Minnesota from individuals in communities across Minnesota as well as other states, as far away as New York. 

A person coming forward with information that helps solve this tragic crime will qualify for a reward of up to $60,000 depending on how useful that information is.  Both organizations and their broad base of supporters see this crime as heartless and seek the help of the public to come forward with information with the ability to remain anonymous.  Information can be given to Crime Stoppers of Minnesota on this website or to Spotlight on Crime by clicking here.

On Monday, December 26, 2011 Police responded to a report of shots being fired in the area of 2600 Colfax Av. N. in Minneapolis.  It was found that shots had penetrated the house where 3 year old Terrell Mayes, Jr. lived and where he with his youthful friends were running upstairs to seek protection from the shots they heard.  One of those shots struck Terrell who was taken to the hospital where he died on the next day.

Minneapolis Police have determined that this was a random shooting and that there was nobody in the house nor the family who was the intended target. 

If you have any information regarding the person or persons committing this crime you can come forward...remain anonymous...and may qualify for a reward.  Please help Solve This Crime.

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