Two people are in custody after allegedly robbing the Cub Foods grocery store in northeast Brainerd Friday.
The suspects, a 28-year-old Pillager man and a 40-year-old Minneapolis man, were arrested by Brainerd police officers Saturday afternoon.
Both could face first-degree aggravated robbery charges from the Crow Wing County Attorney's Office said Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc today. The case is being forwarded to the county attorney's office today. Both suspects are being held in the Crow Wing County Jail.
About 9:30 p.m. Friday two men entered the Cub Foods store wearing bandannas over their faces and one of them brandishing what appeared to be a hand gun. The suspects fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Bolduc said with the help of the grocery store's security cameras and several witnesses, one of whom recognized one of the suspects, the two suspects were identified.
On Saturday officers performed a search warrant at a residence on the 400 block of Fourth Avenue Northeast where clothing was recovered that matched what the suspects were wearing during the robbery.
One suspect was arrested in the area of the Fourth Avenue Northeast residence and the other after being brought in to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning. Both were arrested without incident.
Bolduc gave credit to Cub Foods' digital security cameras in assisting investigators in quickly identifying the suspects.
"It's a state-of-the-art system and was very helpful in our investigation," said Bolduc.
Bolduc couldn't comment if a hand gun or the money taken was recovered. He said it was unclear whether a hand gun was used in the crime but did say it was fortunate there were no injuries in the robbery.
"Anytime you have a crime committed with a weapon it's a very serious offense, and we're glad no one was hurt in the incident," said Bolduc. "This is not the type of crime that's typical in Brainerd."
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