Bloomington police say two women robbed in their cars

  • Updated: December 8, 2011 - 9:38 PM

They think same person may have held up a woman at Southdale parking lot.

Bloomington police say a man who robbed two women in their cars this week may be the person who accosted a woman Monday evening in the Southdale shopping center parking lot.

In the meantime, Edina is offering a reward of as much as $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the Southdale suspect and have released surveillance photos from the incident.

Bloomington police say one woman was robbed shortly after 8 p.m. Monday when she was followed home from the Lunds market at 5159 W. 98th St. She said she was approached in her driveway by a man armed with a handgun, who took her purse and fled.

Just before 6 a.m. Thursday, a second woman reported that a vehicle followed her into the parking lot at Caribou Coffee, 3835 W. Old Shakopee Road. Again, a man armed with a handgun took her purse and fled.

The suspect and vehicle description are similar in both incidents, leading police to believe the suspect may also be responsible for the Edina robbery, when a woman was approached at 8:30 p.m. and robbed at gunpoint.

Edina police say the suspect is a black man, about 40 years old, 6 feet tall, around 200 pounds. He was wearing a black Claiborne jacket, black brimmed fedora hat, sunglasses, black gloves and a plaid scarf. He may have been driving a dark, medium-size four-door sedan, possibly a Honda or Acura, with bright xenon lights. Victims of the Bloomington robberies provide a similar physical and clothing description of the man.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Edina police Lt. Mike Nibbe at 952-826-1600 or Bloomington police detective Ed Hanson at 952-563-8812.

ABBY SIMONS

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