A second carjacking crackdown in as many months netted 46 arrests last week in Minneapolis, officials say.
During the three-day operation, officers from the Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office also recovered 15 firearms and 12 stolen vehicles, according to a Tuesday news release.
The felony arrests included probable cause carjacking, drugs and weapons violations, auto theft, and fleeing police.
As in a similar sting undertaken in December, the officers were again aided by a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter. The December operation resulted in 41 arrests.
“Our objective is simple: to protect innocent people from becoming victims of extremely violent crime,” Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson said. “This joint operation, like the one before it, was targeted and laser-focused at getting the most serious criminals off our streets.”
Carjackings were up sharply in Minneapolis last year at 405 — a 301 percent increase over 2019, the news release said.
Police advise motorists to park only in well-lit areas, be aware of their surroundings, equip their vehicles with anti-theft devices and lock their doors while driving. They also discourage drivers from stopping for stranded strangers on the road, and instead note their location and call 911 from a safe distance, the news release said.