Teens with gun, bomb arrested for area burglaries


n Two 15-year-old boys fled from police but were apprehended in Coon Rapids


by Jim Boyle


Two teenagers were taken to a juvenile detention center after being arrested Oct. 18 by Elk River Police in connection with an investigation conducted by the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Sheriff Joel Brott, investigators from the Criminal Investigation Division developed information that identified two juveniles who were believed to be involved in a number of crimes, including burglary, theft and criminal damage to property, in and near Zimmerman. Investigators conducted surveillance of the residence of one of the juveniles and observed the juvenile leave the residence in a car, which was later determined to be stolen.

Meanwhile, the Elk River Police Department received a call that two juveniles were switching license plates with a different car in Elk River. Elk River officers located the juveniles near Highway 169 and Main Street in the same vehicle that the investigators had previously observed leave Zimmerman.

Police investigate burglaries after car chase ends in Coon Rapids

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled from police.

The chase continued into Coon Rapids and involved several other agencies. The vehicle was eventually stopped in that city and the two males were taken into custody without incident. Both are 15 year olds from Zimmerman and were placed on a hold in Lino Lakes, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

A loaded handgun was found in the vehicle during the traffic stop. The juveniles were later interviewed and they admitted to being involved in additional crimes, which led to a search of their residences.

In one of the residences, deputies located what appeared to be a homemade explosive device. The Minneapolis Police Department Bomb Squad was called to the scene to deal with the device.

The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Elk River Police, Ramsey Police Department, Anoka Police Department and the Minneapolis Police Department.