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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.

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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11/8/2013 - Who Killed Hagos Malake in Ramsey County?
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Three persons of interest connected with the August 29, 2013, homicide of 26 year old Hagos Melake found in Shoreview, Minnesota are being sought by the police.  Hagos Melake, a computer science student, left his home in South Saint Paul on Wednesday evening, August 28, to catch a bus to downtown Saint Paul at 9:40 pm; he arrived in downtown Saint Paul at 10:10 pm, where he then entered the Hunan Garden Restaurant where he spent the evening. Mr. Melake left the restaurant at 1:45 am, Thursday, August 29. He was last seen alive with two unidentified persons outside of the restaurant getting into a vehicle.

At 4:30 am Melake’s bank card was used at an ATM at the US Bank office on West Broadway and Dupont in Minneapolis by an unidentified black woman. (See photo) At 6:33 am Hagos’ deceased body was found by Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputies in a parking lot in the 5700 block of Hamline Avenue in Shoreview.

The investigation has determined that the victim did not have any connection to gangs and that the murder of Mr. Melake has no known connection to any other recent homicide. If you have information about the persons involved in this crime you can help and remain anonymous.

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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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4/11/2013 - South Minneapolis Apartment Homicide

Minneapolis Police are seeking help to solve the homicide of Frank Patterson in his apartment in the 2800 block of Cedar Avenue South. On Monday, March 4, 2013 officers in the Third Precinct responded to a shooting in the apartment just before 4:30 a.m.

When officers arrived they found Patterson suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  EMS transported the victim to HCMC where he passed away a short time later. 

Investigators have since learned that the victim was shot and killed inside his apartment after 2 suspects forced their way inside.  The suspected shooter is described as a thin black male, 5’6” in tall, wearing a black colored construction type jacket (possible Carhartt brand).  The other suspect was described as a black male over 5’06” tall.  The handgun used in the murder, a black 9mm semi-automatic handgun has not been recovered.  Police believe that both suspects may live in close proximity of the homicide location.

If you know who these suspects are, where they can be found or have ANY information about this homicide, you can Help Solve This Crime from this website and remain anonymous.

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4/11/2013 - Help locate 2 North Minneapolis homicide suspects
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On Tuesday, April 2 at 3:20 p.m. officers from the Fourth Precinct responded to a shooting in the 1000 block of Humboldt Avenue North. Information received from the 911 caller indicated that a victim was shot and lying in the street.

When police and medical personnel arrived within minutes, they located Tommy Bardney age 34 dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. 

After reviewing evidence and talking to witnesses it was determined that the suspect was inside a vehicle described as a 2005 to 2008 white Chevrolet Uplander, similar to the vehicle pictured. There were at least two occupants in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.
If you have any information related to this suspect vehicle or the suspects involved please Help Solve This Crime.

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