by Peter Bodley
A man who pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to two of four felony charges following robberies of four Coon Rapids businesses in late December 2010 and early January 2011 has had prison time stayed.
In a plea agreement, Peder Walter Bruvold, 29, 420 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, had entered guilty pleas to two of four first-degree aggravated robbery counts.
At sentencing Feb. 9, the court stayed 48- and 41-month prison sentences and placed Bruvold on probation for 20 years. He was also given credit for the time he had spent in jail since his arrest, but he must perform 50 hours of community service.
Probation conditions include counseling, no assault/abusive/disorderly behavior, breathalyzer and urinalysis on demand, submit a DNA sample, no use of alcohol or mood-altering chemicals, no weapons use or possession, maintain employment, no contact with the victims direct or indirect and pay restitution.
The charges related to the Dec. 11 and 14, 2010 robberies of the 610 Express Shell Station, 430 Coon Rapids Blvd., the Dec. 27, 2010 robbery of Ike’s Wine and Spirits in Springbrook Mall at 89 85th Ave. N.W. and the attempted robbery Jan. 5, 2011 of the Aldi store, 8800 Springbrook Drive N.W.
Bruvold had been living at the InTown Suites, which is located next to the Shell gas station, since Oct. 15, 2010 and at the time he committed the first two robberies, but he had been locked out of his hotel room for two days prior to the Aldi robbery attempt, according to Coon Rapids Police Det. Brian Eychaner, who investigated all four robberies.
In a post-Miranda interview following his arrest for the attempted robbery at Aldi, Bruvold initially denied involvement, but later admitted to the Aldi incident, then the three robberies in December 2010, Eychaner said.
Bruvold committed the robberies to pay for his room at InTown Suites, he said.
He took police to a location at 86th Lane and East River Road where he said he had thrown the knife after the Aldi attempted robbery. A knife was recovered.
An employee arriving to open the Aldi store, 8800 Springbrook Drive N.W., shortly before 7 a.m. Jan. 5, 2011 was confronted by a man at the front door armed with what the employee described as a silver knife or screwdriver, demanding that he open the store and the safe, according to the police report.
Instead of complying, the employee turned and ran back to his truck from where he called 911 on his cell phone, indicating the suspect, who was dressed all in black, had run off in the direction of the nearby Emma B. Howe YMCA.
Armed with a detailed description of the suspect provided by the Aldi employee, police officers, who had arrived within a minute of dispatch time, set up a perimeter and began a search for the suspect.
A short time later, Sgt. Rick Boone spotted a man matching the description of the suspect walking in the area of 85th Avenue and East River Road and took him into custody without incident. He was later identified as Bruvold.
The two Shell station robberies took place during the day and the liquor store robbery in the evening.
In all three crimes, the suspect took money from the cash register while brandishing a knife.
The description of the suspect in the liquor store robbery was very similar to the gas station hold-ups and convinced police that all of them had been committed by the same man.
Following the first robbery at the Shell station, the suspect was seen walking toward the west doors of InTown Suites and after the second Shell station robbery, a canine unit from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office tracked the suspect from the store to the west door of the hotel, according to the criminal complaint.