MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An increase in brazen crime has prompted some city leaders to come up with a plan to try to stop carjackings and thefts.
St. Louis Park Police said last Thursday afternoon four young men attacked a man in a Lunds and Byerlys parking lot on Park Center Drive. They hit him and kicked him. He fired back and they left.
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But less than two hours later, police believe the same group visited a second Lunds and Byerlys on 50th Street in Edina and attempted another carjacking.
“I was just shocked that it was 5 pm on a Thursday,” said Scott Busyn.
Busyn lives and works next to this parking lot. He says the Good Samaritans got involved and the suspects fled in a white GMC Acadia, which had been reported stolen.
“I saw the getaway car. He walked through here and admitted that he was the one who had committed the carjacking in St. Louis Park earlier today, ”Busyn said.
Lunds and Byerlys have stepped up security at both sites. And now city leaders are looking to do the same.
“It’s worrying everywhere to see the trend nationwide,” Edina Mayor Jim Hovland said.
Edina and St. Louis Park are offering a reward of $ 5,000 for the arrest and conviction of the suspects. Hovland said there will be a meeting this week involving a number of suburbs to develop a plan to share information on these crimes. He said technology will play a major role in bringing criminals to justice.
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“The more eyes you have on the streets, the more cities you have to work together, I think this will help us figure out how to deal with it over time and hopefully catch some of the people involved and end this wave of crime, ”Hovland said. .
Hovland asks residents to be vigilant when they are at home. Keep their doors and garages locked and keep keys, garage door openers and other valuables out of empty vehicles.
In the meantime, expect to see more law enforcement in the suburbs.
“We have our police department working overtime. We have very good officers. They’re really responsive and patrolling those areas which are more of a hotspot, ”Hovland said.
Hovland believes the suburban public safety meeting will include Edina, St. Louis Park, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and others. Hovland said they would like to include Minneapolis as well.
Police believe the same suspects were involved in an attempted hijacking at Bridgewater Bank on Excelsior Boulevard last week. The license plate of the stolen car they were driving is 207 VNR.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police.
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