Crime alert about daytime robberies near LaSalle Plaza is false alarm, MPD says

Despite what you may have heard, the MPD says there hasn't been a string of robberies near LaSalle Plaza.
Yesterday, someone who works in downtown Minneapolis's LaSalle Plaza got in touch with City Pages to let us know about an alert being distributed by building officials about a purported string of daytime cell phone thefts.

The tipster told us that building workers "heard that at least eight people were robbed yesterday during the lunch hour alone" and that both Target and the University of St. Thomas posted warnings about the crime spree.

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But turns out it was all a big miscommunication, according to John Elder, public information officer for the Minneapolis Police Department.

Long story short, Elder said it appears a Target employee was perusing the MPD's website and came across an undated crime alert about skyway robberies in the LaSalle Plaza area. The Target person thought the alert was new and informed co-workers about it, but it was actually more than a year old.

"It kinda took off from there and grew into a life of its own," Elder said, adding that Wells Fargo also sent an alert to its employees because of the false alarm.

"I got everybody's reports from [Tuesday], and there was nothing about any robberies in the skyway, and I would've been notified," Elder continued. "I understand one person getting robbed and not reporting it, or even two people not reporting, but we're not going to get seven or eight not reporting robberies."

Elder also said a fearful game of telephone was taking place as the story spread around the downtown business community.

"The number [of incidents] has inflated with the tellings," he said. "At first it was five robberies, then six, then seven, eight, nine -- it's gotten a little juicier."

Elder said that as a result of the misunderstanding, the MPD will make sure that all crime reports posted on its webpage are dated from now on.

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ajlalk3 topcommenter

That Target employee was then fired.

digitalprotocol topcommenter

doesn't help when junkies are offing themselves in LaSalle Plaza...the Plaza is for robbery


@digitalprotocol Just one look at your "profile", well after you scroll down for several minutes, will show what kind of life you live.  Pretty pathetic.  Lots of time to troll the internet when you have nothing going for you.  


Troll, troll, troll, watch 'em troll.

digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Southsider you are so perceptive. how dare you try and judge me? Was that your drinking buddy that couldn't cope? 

What does anybody have anymore? what ought my goal be? 

please guide me with your wisdom or come fight me

youre likely jealous of my status as 'top commenter"

digitalprotocol topcommenter

@nrupar1 oh, you're a proponent of public suicide?

your horse is so tall, im so impressed

digitalprotocol topcommenter

@swmnguy thats where that junkie that had a glorious obit in the blotter last week decided to end his life...sad but true

Crystal Court in the IDS is where all the cool people commit suicide. I mean personally, thats the spot i would choose. a sweet thrill ride where you can see and be seen. the epicenter of our fair city.

swmnguy topcommenter

@digitalprotocol  Well, sir, as a fellow "top commenter," let me in on the scoop.  Is LaSalle Plaza known for suicides?  I've been in there a few times for various appointments but don't recall anything particularly memorable about the building.

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