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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.


10/29/2016 - Citizens, Hunters And Visitors To North & South Dakota Help Find Michelle
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45-year-old Michelle Newell (pictured) of Vadnais Heights, MN was last seen on August 30th in Cass County, ND. A Saint Paul man, Timothy Barr, has been charged with two counts of 2nd degree murder regarding Ms. Newell.

Authorities say Barr told associates he left Newell’s remains in South Dakota inside of an abandoned barn or farm building, covered with hay. Barr was seen in Cass County, ND on 8/30/16 and 8/31/16. Authorities believe he headed south through eastern North and South Dakota before returning to the Twin Cities area.

The Cass County ND and Ramsey County MN Sheriff’s Offices are requesting those who live in areas east of Jamestown, ND, and Aberdeen, SD to check their out buildings and barns for anything suspicious.

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10/29/2016 - Hopkins Hit & Run Death
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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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5/3/2016 - Kansas City Homicide Fugitive Sought in Minneapolis
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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’.

If you have seen this fugitive or know where he is you can report the information anonymously by clicking the Give A Tip button on the left of this page.

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4/8/2016 - Rochester Dealership Robbed
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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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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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