Skip to main content

A pair of south Minneapolis small businesses were robbed at gunpoint just minutes apart Thursday afternoon. 

The first armed robbery happened at approximately 2:51 p.m. at Mel-O-Glaze Bakery, located on the corner of South 28th Avenue and East Minnehaha Parkway near Lake Nokomis. The police report says three unidentified Black male suspects robbed the store at gunpoint, getting away with cash from the register and beverages. 

The suspects left the area in an unlicensed vehicle. Six minutes later, DreamHaven Books, located at 2301 East 38th Street – about 10 blocks north of Mel-O-Glaze – was robbed at gunpoint by three unidentified Black male suspects. They fled on foot with cash and a cellphone stolen during the robbery. 

"Any connection between these two incidents will be addressed as part of the investigation," MPD spokesperson Garrett Parten told Bring Me The News. 

Greg Ketter, owner of DreamHaven Books, told Bring Me The News that his business hadn't had any cash sales during the day so they didn't lose much, "only the change in the drawer." But it was the latest in a series of attacks on his business over the past 12 months. 

On Nov. 9, 2020, "they assaulted my employee and me without saying a word," Ketter said of the first time his store was robbed. He said he lost his wallet during that robbery and a large cash payment from a customer. 

Ketter said DreamHaven was targeted again in December 2020 and January 2021, but he was prepared those times and the suspects fled after seeing him armed with a baseball bat.  

"Each of these three times it was shortly before closing. This time they came with a gun in the middle of the day," Ketter said. 

Ketter said he was told by someone from the police department that "there are 3 people in custody that we think are the people who hit us and Mel-O-Glaze," though an MPD spokesperson told Bring Me The News on Saturday morning that "suspects in both cases remain unidentified."

No injuries were reported in either armed robbery.

Next Up

wright county Sheriff Sean Deringer

Minnesota sheriff bashes MPD, 'disgusted' by officers' actions

The sheriff said he will no longer defend the Minneapolis Police Department.

Screen Shot 2021-12-02 at 7.59.52 AM

More than 2 years after announcing, Duck Donuts finally opens at MOA

The grand opening of the new location took place Wednesday.

unsplash - school girl students

St. Paul is closing 6 schools amid declining enrollment

The board revised the plan after the school communities voiced concerns.

Karl-Anthony Towns

X-rays negative after Karl-Anthony Towns takes scary fall

Towns crashed hard to the ground late in the game Wednesday night.

Minneapolis police

2 more homicides push Minneapolis closer to record set in 1995

The deadly shootings happened on the city's North Side Wednesday night.

Karl-Anthony Towns

KAT sets a franchise record, leaves early in loss to Wizards

Towns fell on his back in the final minutes of a loss in Washington.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man shot by police in Forest Lake dies from injuries

It was one of two police shootings in the Twin Cities on the same day, both of which proved fatal.

Dylan Bundy

Report: Twins agree to deal with Dylan Bundy

The Twins signed the right-hander with a lockout imminent.

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says

The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.

Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball

"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."

unsplash medical marijuana

Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program

MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.


Screen Shot 2021-09-13 at 9.12.45 AM

Duluth police trying to ID suspect who robbed gas station at gunpoint

The incident took place at around 9 p.m. Saturday at a Speedway gas station in the Morgan Park neighborhood.

police lights

Woman robbed and assaulted at gunpoint in Waite Park, police say

The incident occurred on Sunday at around 11:30 p.m.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

6 more carjackings in south Minneapolis Monday night

Sixteen carjackings were reported in Minneapolis Oct. 29 to Nov. 1.

Minneapolis police

Baby found safe inside car that was stolen in south Minneapolis

The incident happened near 32nd Street and Chicago Avenue around 7 p.m.

Latour maher

Man was driving group around, then they robbed him at gunpoint

Police are still on the lookout for one of the suspects involved.

3 armed suspects rob Walgreens in Edina

The armed robbery took place just before 5 a.m. Tuesday.