HOPKINS, Minn. (KMSP) - Several men made off with hundreds of dollars and several cartons of cigarettes Sunday night after robbing a holiday gas station store and assaulting a clerk inside less than a block away from the police station in Hopkins, shocking officers by the brazen nature of the crime.
Now they're looking for the three suspects, hoping that surveillance footage of the incident might bring someone who knows the men to come forward.
"Those employees are just trying to do their work," Hopkins Police Sergeant Mike Glassberg said. "They don't deserve the way they were treated."
Police were called to the area on 11th Avenue South shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday, just missing the men before they left in a mid-sized SUV.
Video shows all three men assaulting one of the gas station employees. Another employee then opens the cash drawer and sets it on the counter. The suspects take the money, knock over the computer on the counter and leave the store.
"I've watched videos of a number of robberies over the years, and the majority of employees cooperate," Glassberg said. "I think it's important to get them apprehended because of how they are treating people. Are they going to escalate [and commit more robberies]?"
The Hopkins Crime Fund is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to arrests and prosecution in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Miller at 952-548-6411 or submit an anonymous tip online at crimestoppersmn.org.