Mel-O-Glaze and DreamHaven Books in South Minneapolis stolen at gunpoint within minutes of each other
A pair of small businesses in southern Minneapolis were robbed at gunpoint within minutes of Thursday afternoon.
The first armed robbery occurred around 2:51 p.m. at Mel-O-Glaze Bakery, located at the corner of 28th Avenue South and East Minnehaha Drive near Lake Nokomis. The police report says three unidentified black suspects robbed the store at gunpoint, escaping with cash from the cash register and drinks.
The suspects left the scene in an unlicensed vehicle. Six minutes later, DreamHaven Books, located at 2301 East 38th Street – about 10 blocks north of Mel-O-Glaze – was robbed at gunpoint by three unidentified black suspects. They fled on foot with cash and a cell phone stolen during the robbery.
“Any connection between these two incidents will be dealt with as part of the investigation,” MPD spokesman Garrett Parten told Bring Me The News.
Greg Ketter, owner of DreamHaven Books, told Bring Me The News that his business had no cash sales during the day and therefore had not lost much, “only the change in the drawer”. But it was the latest in a series of attacks on his business over the past 12 months.
On November 9, 2020, “they assaulted my employee and I without saying a word,” Ketter said of his store’s first robbery. He said he lost his wallet in the theft and a large cash payment from a customer.
Ketter said DreamHaven was targeted again in December 2020 and January 2021, but he was prepared for those times and the suspects fled after seeing him armed with a baseball bat.
âEach of those three times was shortly before closing. This time they came with a gun in the middle of the day,â Ketter said.
Ketter said someone from the police department told him that “there are 3 people in custody who we believe are the people who hit us and Mel-O-Glaze”, although a MPD spokesman told Bring Me The News on Saturday morning that “the suspects in both cases remain unidentified.”
No injuries were reported in the two armed robberies.