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Police: 5th robbery near U of M not believed to be linked

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A fifth person was robbed at gunpoint near the University of Minnesota over the weekend.

This incident is not believed to be connected to the recent string of robberies near campus, Minneapolis Police Department spokesperson John Elder told BringMeTheNews.

An adult male victim reported he was near 8th St. SE and 12th St. SE at 3:45 a.m. Sunday when three males wearing hoodies approached him with a gun, according to the Minneapolis Police Department's Facebook post.

The suspects – believed to be three men in their 30s – made off with the victim's wallet and then fled on foot heading eastbound from the intersection, police said.

The crime took place just a few blocks from other robberies reported between Jan. 19-21. However, the suspects in those incidents are believed to be two men between the ages of 20-25.

Police say people walking alone and unaware – with headphones in, for example, or staring at a phone – are easier targets for such attacks.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Anyone providing information leading to an arrest and conviction in these cases may be eligible for a cash reward. Tips are anonymous.

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