Updated:
Original:

Police warn businesses after robbers target 11 coffee, sandwich shops

Starbucks, Caribou and Subway are among the chains to have been targeted.
Author:

In the past six weeks, 11 chain coffee and sandwich shops have been hit by robberies in Minneapolis and the western suburbs.

It's forced Minneapolis police to issue guidance to businesses across the metro about how to respond in the event of a robbery.

Since Dec. 10, five Starbucks stores, four Subways, two Caribous and one Dunn Bros. outlet have been the target of early-morning robberies, according to a City of Minneapolis release.

They have been targeting chain stores – coffee shops before 7:30 a.m. and Subway before 10:30 a.m. – with independent businesses not affected.

That said, police say anyone who owns or uses a coffee or sandwich shop, whether chain or independent, should "be aware."

Police have released some images of suspects, but it's not clear if the culprits are the same in each robberyinstance.

Anyone with information about the robberies or the suspects pictured, contact the Minneapolis Police Department Robbery Unit at 612-673-2941 and ask for investigator Sgt. Mike Heyer.

Advice to shop workers

Shop workers are urged to remain calm, cooperate with robbers and don't resist.

"Safely do what the robber asks but don't volunteer to do anything else," the advice says.

They want workers to take mental notes of as many details about the robber as they safely can, and if possible give them marked money without alerting them.

"While waiting for police, write down what you remember about the incident; description of robber, what was said, weapons, any other information," the police advice says. "Do not discuss what you remember with anyone else until after you have spoken to the police, as you may inadvertently muddle your memory."

Staff are also encouraged to remove window obstructions and call 911 whenever they see something suspicious as a way of preventing a robbery before it happens.

Staff should give every customer "a friendly greeting" and look directly at them. This human contact may deter the robber, police say.

The 11 robbed stores

Here's a list of the stores robbed over the past six weeks.

Subway

12/10/2016, 8:30 am, 3541 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis.

12/10/2016, 9:40 am, 5317 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis.

12/15/2016, 7 am, 4741 Hiawatha Ave S, Minneapolis.

12/19/2016, 9:13 am, 5327 16th St W, St Louis Park.

Starbucks:

12/10/2016, 6:52 am, 2515 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis.

12/12/2016, 5:39 am, 2000 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis.

12/21/2016, 5:37 am, 7610 Lyndale Ave S #800, Richfield.

1/9/2017, 6:20 am, 1820 Hwy 36 W, Roseville.

1/19/2017, 5:35 am, 4201 Minnetonka Blvd, St Louis Park.

Dunn Bros

1/22/2017, 7:33 am, 5008 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis.

Caribou

12/24/2016, 6:52 am, 2218 County Rd D, Roseville.

12/24/2016, 7:18 am, 4745 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis

Next Up

Knuth - Nezhad - side by side

Frey challengers Knuth, Nezhad agree to rank each other 2nd

They're urging supporters to do the same on Nov. 2.

Jerome Horton - Sherburne Co. Jail - CROP

Charges: Man lied to buy gun later used by St. Paul mass shooting suspect

He's accused of making false statements during the purchase of a firearm.

Screen Shot 2021-06-04 at 6.30.24 AM

BCA releases investigative file in Winston Smith's shooting death

The file contains 1,000 pages of documents, hundreds of photos and dozens of audio files.

Slice

Fire at Mpls. pizza joint weeks after opening, owners suspect arson

The owners arrived at work Tuesday to find the building on fire.

vaccine, covid

New COVID charts show hospitalization, death rates based on vaccine status

The unvaccinated are far more likely than the fully vaccinated to become hospitalized or die.

Flickr - Superior National Forest Boundary Waters

White House begins process to ban new mining near BWCAW

The stated goal is to protect the "unique natural wonder" of the BWCAW.

Autumn Merrick, Autumn Rose Merrick

Man charged in shootout, crash that killed 18-year-old on scooter

Autumn Rose Merrick was with a friend near the Holiday gas station.

D Quagon - DOC photo

DOC searching for convicted sex offender who has gone on the run

The recently released man removed his GPS monitoring device.

Related

Video: Popeye's worker fights off armed robber, police hunt suspect

When a gun was put to the head of this Popeye's Chicken worker, he fought back.

Police in Roseville ask for help to find this bank robber

Have you seen this man? He robbed a U.S. bank branch in Roseville Monday.

How much can you save by making your coffee at home instead of buying from a chain?

I found it surprisingly easy – and far cheaper than Starbucks and Caribou.

Duluth police chief says he understands 'fear and angst' after latest shootings

The police chief puts the recent flurry of shootings down to a statistical anomaly rather than being part of a wider trend.

Helicopter

Police defend helicopter op in Minneapolis after KARE 11 story on charges

KARE 11 reported that only five charges have been brought from the most recent operation.

Charges: Coffee shop owner sexually assaulted employee, 15

And police believe there may be more victims.