MINNEAPOLIS - A group of armed thieves reported to be five or six males and at least one female, broke into a south Minneapolis apartment building late Friday night.
No one was injured in the incident, but the residents' piece of mind was a casualty.
The house, converted to three apartment units, is in the 3200 block of Dupont Avenue South. The landlord was not in the building at the time, but related what tenants told him had happened.
"The intruders came in between 11, maybe 11:15 and 11:30 p.m.," said the landlord, who asked not to be identified for this story. "They entered the building in the back and went into the basement where they found a tenant."
They did not have to forcibly enter the unit. "Simply knocked on the door," said the landlord. "The tenant opened the door and they produced guns and came into the unit. They took a TV out of that unit, keys, billfold, laptop, other electronics along the way."
The thieves were not satisfied with one robbery. "They demanded that the tenant go up to the first floor and try to get that tenant from the first floor to come to the door."
The landlord said that tenant probably did not hear the knocking. "So, they decided to just kick in the door which they did," said the landlord. They came into the second unit with guns out and held to the tenant's head the entire time.
"They held him there, for my understanding, close to a half hour, demanding money and wanting to know where the safe was. There is no safe," the landlord explained.
By all accounts, the building sits in a normally quiet block. "It is lively. There is a lot of traffic," said the landlord. "I would not say activity right here, but you go three and a half blocks, as the crow flies, to Calhoun Square and there is all kinds of stuff going on there."
Minneapolis Police are investigating the incident and are tracing the stolen goods involved.
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