Police say a 23-year-old Minneapolis man has been charged with first-degree robbery after he confessed to robbing cash and drugs from more than a dozen metro-area pharmacies and gas stations.
Robert Abraham Lee was arrested Monday on a transit bus, after witnesses watched him rob a Walgreens on 46th and Hiawatha, and then called police, KARE 11 reports. He stole cash and demanded Xanax, employees told police. He showed a clerk the handle of a Taser stun gun, which the clerk thought was a gun, the Star Tribune reports.
"This is a gentleman who has terrorized a minimum of 14 people when you look at the number of robberies and contacts he made," a police spokesman told reporters.
The robberies happened at six different Super America locations and two Walgreens in Minneapolis, and at a CVS in Brooklyn Center and three Walgreens in St. Paul, the Star Tribune reports. Five of the robberies were in a single night on New Year's Eve, police said.
Police said that in all the robberies, a weapon was shown, used or implied, KSTP reports.
Police have been using surveillance footage to track the robber, but to no avail, and they were grateful for the public's help.
“And what happens when those drugs leave the store are an additional concern. This is a very prolific robber and we’re very, very happy to get him off the streets," police spokesman John Elder said WCCO reported.