Andover teen charged with Ham Lake home invasion

The Anoka County Attorney’s Office May 24 filed a motion in Anoka County Juvenile Court to have a 17-year-old Andover boy certified to be tried in adult court on allegations that he robbed a couple at gunpoint May 17 in their Ham Lake home.

Brendon Michael Crayford made his first appearance in juvenile court on felony first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery, receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm.

Crayford May 24 pleaded not guilty to all four charges, according to court records.

According to the criminal complaint, Crayford admitted in a post-Miranda statement that he entered the home and was there for approximately five minutes before he awakened the Ham Lake couple at gunpoint.

Police responded to the home around 12:50 a.m. May 17. The couple told police that they woke up to find a young man with a black bandana around his face point a gun at them and demand money, according to the complaint.

During the robbery, the couple allegedly noticed that Crayford had their Nikon camera hanging from his shoulder. They called 911 after Crayford left and looked around their house to find doors open and the lights on. Missing from their home was an Apple Macbook computer, a SLR lens for a Nikon camera, two Nikon cameras, four pairs of sunglasses, a green iPod Nano, an LED flashlight, a cell phone and a watch. Crayford also allegedly took between $35 and $55 in cash from the couple.

On May 23, the husband found a digital camera on Craigslist that looked like their stolen digital camera. He contacted police, who set up a sale with the camera seller. An undercover officer met a male, later identified as Crayford, at the McDonald’s restaurant on Bluebird Street in Andover under the guise of purchasing the camera, according to the complaint.

The officer confirmed the serial number on the camera and arrested Crayford.

During a search of Crayford’s car, authorities allegedly found a handgun in the glove compartment. The gun and magazine were not loaded. They also allegedly found a pair of sunglasses that the couple had reported stolen.

According to the complaint, police conducted a follow-up interview at the suspect’s home and found the stolen property in Crayford’s bedroom.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect’s parents were shocked by the allegations, but were cooperative with the detectives working the case.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

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