2013-05-02 / Community

Two teens charged in attempted burglary

MUNISING TOWNSHIP – Two teens have been charged in connection with an attempted gas station burglary on Sunday. Eighteen-year-old Ruben Sifuentes, of Munising, and 17-year-old Brandon Monroe, of Shingleton, were charged with breaking and entering a building with intent on Tuesday in Alger County District Court.

According to a press release from the Michigan State Police – Munising Detachment, the pair allegedly broke into and attempted to rob the Oasis Gas Station in Shingleton.

Troopers responded to the scene of the reported breaking and entering at approximately 4:10 a.m. According to gas station owner, Shawn Schank, the two suspects had been wearing ski masks, forced entry into the gas station and proceeded to the cash register.

Schank, an Iraqi war veteran, was in the building at the time of the attempted burglary and found the masked suspects at the cash register. He reported running toward the suspects and kicking one of them, causing the man to fall to the floor. Schank said he then retrieved an AR-15 assault rifle from his office and ordered the masked men to leave his business.

According to the release, one of the suspects took his mask off during the altercation to plead that Schank not shoot him. The suspects fled on foot and Schank called 911 to report the incident.

Schank recognized the burglar who had removed his mask and was able to provide the suspect’s identity to the police. Troopers located and apprehended the identified suspect, along with the second suspect.

Both men are scheduled for a preliminary examination at 10 a.m. May 7 and remain lodged in Alger County Jail.

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