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30 Years Ago Today: One of the EPPD's Biggest Unsolved Mysteries

Post Date:April 17, 2019 10:41 AM

armored truck robbery - croppedAt 1 p.m. on April 18, 1989, three masked men carrying machine guns robbed an armored truck in front of the First State Bank of Eden Prairie (now Bremer Bank) on Singletree Lane.

While a guard from Ram Security was loading money from the bank into the armored truck, a car and a van pulled up simultaneously. The van stopped in front of the armored truck, blocking its path.

While two men wearing masks jumped out of the car and attacked the guard at the back of the truck. A third suspect stayed in the car. The guard was overpowered and the suspects entered the back of the truck. A fourth suspect placed a device that appeared to be a bomb on the hood of the armored car.

In less than a minute, the suspects had taken nearly $1 million and fled in the two vehicles.

The Bloomington Police Department Bomb Squad was called to the scene and determined that the bomb was fake and was likely placed there to divert, distract and delay law enforcement resources. The suspects’ vehicles were later located in Eden Prairie and Burnsville but the suspects and money were never recovered. The Federal Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene to lead the investigation. The FBI Agent who worked the case said that it “was most definitely a professional job.”

In May 1990, the NBC show “Unsolved Mysteries” filmed a re-enactment of the robbery and aired the story in October of that year with hopes of generating further clues and leads. To date, no one has been arrested in the case.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Eden Prairie Police at 952-949-6200.
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