Crime of the Week

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; 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.

$5,000 Reward: Hit & Run Driver who Killed Barbara Mahigel (2017/03/24)

Crime Stoppers of Minnesota is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the hit and run driver that killed Barbara Ann Mahigel on Sunday November 27, 2016.  An unknown motorist hit 74-year-old Barbara (pictured) as she and her husband were crossing the street at Nicollet Avenue S. at 43rd Street, in south Minneapolis to celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary.  Barbara suffered numerous injuries when she was hit and died the next day.  The driver continued north on Nicollet in a car described only as a dark sedan.

This reward is offered through Crime Stoppers of Minnesota as we are separate and independent of the Minneapolis Police. Any person contacting us through this site, our toll free number or the Tip Submit smartphone app, will be anonymous and qualify for up to the $5,000 reward. 

It is likely that this driver has mentioned this to somebody close to them and their vehicle may be damaged.  Please come forward to help bring some peace to this family and to remove this dangerous driver from the streets.

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Morrison County Deer Hunter Killer Sought (2017/02/09)

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information into the homicide of deer hunter Terrence “Terry” Brisk in the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2016.  Brisk (pictured) was apparently hunting alone on his parents’ property in Belle Prairie Township when he suffered a gunshot wound resulting in his death. Anybody who was in the area or knows of others in the area is asked to come forward with that information as small as it may seem.

As part of the investigation the Sheriff’s Office is also trying to locate a Winchester Model AE 30-30 lever action rifle belonging to Terry.  The rifle which Terry was known to carry while hunting is described as an older model, with a wooden stock and forearm with no sling attached.

In addition to the reward offer from Crime Stoppers of Minnesota of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case, local donors in Morrison County are offering a separate reward of $30,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of who killed Terry Brisk.

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Hopkins Hit & Run Death (2016/10/29)

On October 26, 2016 at 6:00 AM Hopkins Police responded to the intersection of Mainstreet and 17th Avenue on the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.  Officers arrived on scene and found Dolores Stafford with serious injuries laying in the roadway.  She was hospitalized at HCMC and later died on October 27 as a result of this accident.

The vehicle that struck Dolores fled the scene.  The vehicle that struck her is described as a dark colored SUV.

With information gathered by a good Samaritan that came to the aid of Dolores, authorities believe there were witnesses in the area at the time of the collision or just prior to it taking place. 75 year old Dolores was a long time resident of Hopkins.  In addition to the normal reward offered by Crime Stoppers of Minnesota for information provided to us, the Hopkins Crime Fund is offering an additional $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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Kansas City Homicide Fugitive Sought in Minneapolis (2016/05/03)

Lakeith R. Courtney is wanted for the homicide which he has been charged with by the Kansas City, Missouri Police.  It is believed he may be in the Minneapolis or Twin Cities area.  Courtney is accused of shooting Kevin Durham, whose body was found in a parked car last November in Kansas City. Witnesses have identified Courtney as having fired shots into Durham’s parked car killing him.  The suspect (pictured) is described as a black male, 26 years old, 5’5”, 130 lbs.  He is also known as ‘Lil Booka’.

 

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Rochester Dealership Robbed (2016/04/08)

The Rochester Minnesota location of Hilltop Trailer Sales was robbed sometime during Monday night April 4 or Tuesday morning. The thieves made off with more than $40,000 worth of new parts, tools, TVs, cash, hitches, electronics, etc. Unfortunately, there is no video of those who committed this theft making it important for members of the public who may know the culprits, or see these items to come forward.

Hilltop Trailer Sales is partnering with Crime Stoppers to offer a $1,000 reward. If you have any information about the thieves or saw suspicious activity that evening at the location please click the Give a Tip button on this page.

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Minnetonka Police ask for assistance in locating bank robbery suspect (2016/02/08)

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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Armed Robbers of Dollar Stores in Columbia Heights Sought (2015/12/30)

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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North Minneapolis Shooter of Larry Jones Sought (2015/12/10)

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.

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Information About Unknown Shooter Sought in Killing of Immigrant (2015/12/08)

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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Victim`s Credit Cards Being Used (2015/12/04)

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 scattered about on the ground. Photographic evidence shows suspect using Jacob’s stolen credit cards. 
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Deputy Steven Sandberg Killed (2015/10/18)

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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Vehicle of interest in Columbia Heights Home Invasion (2015/10/02)

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 of the suspect’s vehicle exited during its stay at the Target store.  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.
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Risk To Public Safety Sought in Maplewood Homicide (2015/08/26)

Todd Larry Tennin is wanted for 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 AM 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 for 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.”

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Shoreview Murderer May Be Known By This Woman (2015/03/31)

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 AM and was seen getting into a vehicle with two unidentified persons. At 6:33 AM 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 AM 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 AM. 

Your help is needed to identify this woman and her whereabouts. 

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Missing Falcon Heights Man - Harold Schroetter (2015/03/12)

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 before 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 through the Crime Stoppers website.  

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Bloomington Residences Hit by Burglaries - Special Reward Offered (2014/12/29)

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)

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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Plymouth Park Playground Arsonist Sought (2014/08/15)

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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Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick Killed (2014/07/31)

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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Armed Robbers Hit Twin Cities Sandwich Shops and Restaurant (2014/03/21)

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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Murder of Twins Fan Paul Fisher (2014/03/14)

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.

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