Cedar Inn robbed by clown mask-wearing suspect; MPD offers award for information [PHOTOS]

Minutes later, this man allegedly robbed the Cedar Inn while wearing a clown mask.
Minutes later, this man allegedly robbed the Cedar Inn while wearing a clown mask.

During the early morning hours of March 17, the Cedar Inn was robbed by a man wearing a clown mask. That's a pretty good way to conceal your identity... if you don't get caught on a surveillance camera without the mask first.

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But that's exactly what happened to the Cedar Inn robber. Still images from the security footage were released yesterday (visible above), and the Minneapolis Police Department and Crime Stoppers are teaming up to offer a $1,000 award to anybody who comes forward with information.

From an MPD press release:

Just after midnight on Sunday March 17th the Cedar Inn in the 4100 block of Cedar Avenue South was robbed at gunpoint by a black male wearing a clown mask. During the robbery the suspect pointed a handgun at one of the patrons while demanding that the staff collect money and place it in a bag. The suspect then fled with the cash loss.

It was learned that a few minutes prior to the robbery the suspect had been in the business without a mask over his face. The Minneapolis Police and Crime Stoppers are hoping that someone will come forward with information about this case based on the accompanying photos taken when the suspect was in the bar without his mask.

Crime Stoppers of Minnesota has long provided an avenue for the public to provide information to the police anonymously. Additionally Crime Stoppers can offer cash rewards for information that is vital to a case. In this instance Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information.

To provide information to Crime Stoppers regarding this incident, or any other serious crime, call 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), text TIP674 plus your information to 274637(CRIMES) or go to the Crime Stoppers website at and click on "Give a Tip". All callers are given a unique identifier and no names are used.

Casing the joint just minutes before committing the actual robbery? Sounds like a real clown show to us.

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