Teen arrested in connection with burglaries at Brooten business

A 16-year-old was arrested Sunday and is being held in connection with a series of burglaries reported over the last seven months at a Brooten liquor store.


BROOTEN — Following a short foot pursuit early Sunday morning, a juvenile was arrested in connection with a burglary at the Rooster Bottle Shop in Brooten.

Belgrade-Brooten Police Chief Casey P. Jansky said a 16-year-old individual is facing charges that are linked with a half-dozen burglaries at the business that were reported over the last seven months. He said the business is doing an audit to determine the amount of items possibly taken during the series of burglaries that have been reported since June.

Jansky said the juvenile was arrested after police received a call at 1:30 a.m. Sunday about a burglary in progress at the Rooster Bottle Shop. The liquor store shares a building with a grocery store called Mike’s Market that also owns the Rooster Bottle Shop.

The store owner, who was not in the business at the time, told dispatch they were watching someone on camera enter the business.

The Belgrade Police Department, along with the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, set up a perimeter around the building.


According to a news release, the juvenile tried to exit out a window.

When a deputy started to give commands, the juvenile allegedly went back into the business and exited out the opposite side of the building where a Belgrade police officer confronted the juvenile.

After a short foot chase, the youth was taken into custody and transported to Prairie Lakes Detention Center in Willmar and is being held on burglary charges.

The Paynesville Police Department, Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and Pope County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at or 320-894-9750
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