Forest Lake man charged in burglary at Brass Rail

Brandon Keith Petrashek

A Forest Lake man has been charged in connection with an alleged burglary at the Brass Rail in Grandy on Sept. 20.

Brandon Keith Petrashek, 40, was charged on Sept. 26 before Judge John Klossner in Isanti County District Court in Cambridge with felony first-degree burglary with possession of dangerous weapon; felony first-degree damage to property; and felony theft.

Bail was set at $50,000 without conditions or $25,000 with conditions and next court appearance for Oct. 18.

The alleged burglary involved Petrashek smashing the front door of the Brass Rail and stealing an ATM machine. According to the criminal complaint, Petrashek was allegedly involved in another burglary at a car wash in Milaca. Petrashek was apprehended on Sept. 20 after being located in Lino Lakes.

The person with Petrashek at the time of the alleged burglaries hasn’t been officially charged in Isanti County so his name is not being released at press time.

According to the criminal complaint:
On Sept. 20, at 7:13 a.m., Isanti County Deputy Brandon Oliver was dispatched to the Brass Rail off Highway 65 in Grandy on a burglary report.

An employee arrived for work at 7 a.m., entered the back door and noticed the alarm beeping. He turned it off and was in the building for a short bit of time when he realized the front door had been smashed. The employee then exited the building and called 911.

Oliver arrived and made sure the building was clear. They were able to determine the front window was smashed in and the ATM machine removed. Oliver documented the damage and was able to determine there was approximately $4,700 inside the ATM. The ATM was worth approximately $2,600. The damage to the front door will range from $1,000 to $5,000 depending on what needs to be replaced.

Isanti County Investigator Rob Bowker believed this incident was related to another smash-and-grab incident that occurred in Mille Lacs County at the Touch-and-Go car wash in Milaca on Sept. 18. There a white pickup had hooked a strap around the coin machine and pulled it out of the ground. The suspects then loaded the coin machine into the truck and drove off.

On Sept. 20, at 1:06 p.m., Lino Lakes police officers were dispatched to the Lakes One Stop in Lino Lakes on the report of a vehicle present that was possibly involved in the Milaca burglary. The employee at the Lakes One Stop recognized a white pickup truck, located at the pumps, as one possibly involved in the Milaca incident. This employee recognized the vehicle based off an internet alert he had received. The employee further reported the individuals driving the vehicle had walked across the street to the Dairy Queen.

Lino Lakes squads and detectives responded and eventually identified Petrashek and one other male. The pickup and license plates were confirmed stolen. In a Mirandized statement, the male admitted he was in the passenger side of the pickup when Petrashek smashed the front window of the Brass Rail and went inside. Once Petrashek had the ATM outside the door, the male helped Petrashek load the ATM into the back of the pickup. During a subsequent search warrant on the vehicle, Bowker was able to locate the manual from the ATM along with lock picking tools in the driver’s side door of the pickup. Also located in the pickup was a loaded 9mm pistol. The male told investigators that Petrashek had the pistol on him when he entered the Brass Rail.