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Why has a helicopter been buzzing Minneapolis lately? MPD explains

Let's just say it was a "coordinated, targeted, and multi-jurisdictional operation."

If you live in Minneapolis and were disturbed by the sound of a roaring helicopter over the city last week, you evidently weren't alone.

The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) has released an explanation of just what the heck was going on. And no, it wasn't some mysterious military operation or even the fabled "black helicopters" of conspiracy lore. 

It was, in fact, part of a "coordinated, targeted, and multi-jurisdictional operation" to combat the city's recent carjacking problem, MPD announced on social media Saturday:

"We recognize the noise may have been unsettling," the department acknowledges. 

MPD describes the operation as a "crackdown on carjackings, which increased 301% last year, and other violent crimes." 

"The State Patrol provided the aerial support," MPD says. 

The announcement doesn't reveal any details as to the results of the operation, though a similar operation happened in December, resulting in more than 40 arrests. 

Minneapolis is not alone in facing this particular problem; St. Paul is seeing a similar spike in crimes, with a federal prosecutor recently decrying the "disturbing trend of shootings and carjackings" in the area following the charging of six local men.

Just last week, a carjacking was reported in Eden Prairie outside the Tower Square shopping center.

But it's not just the Twin Cities. Carjackings are on the rise across the country. As an ABC report notes, this is largely due to the social and economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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