MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KTTC) – Two Wabasha County brothers entered a plea in court after admitting to an astonishing string of violent home invasions.
A number of law enforcement agencies, led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, raided a rental property adjacent to the Zumbro Falls Golf Course just before Christmas last year. Now, new details from the U.S. Attorney’s Office about the men at the center of that investigation.
33-year-old Lennie Brooks and his brother, 24-year-old Randy Brooks, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday to three counts each of interference with commerce by robbery, also known as the Hobbs Act.
Court documents explain how the brothers organized three operations in 2018 spanning Central and Southern Minnesota. The first incident happened on Aug. 16, when they entered a private home in Waite Park, Minn., not far from St. Cloud. The brothers took $180,000 in jewelry and gemstones belonging to Trisko Jewelry, a nearby small business.
The second invasion happened at a private home in Ellendale on Sept. 23. The suspects took $40,000 in cash, which belonged to the Ellendale-based Holland Auction Company.
The final heist occurred Oct. 6, when the Brooks brothers broke into a home in Eden Prairie. They stole $50,000 that belonged to the Shaung Hur Asian Markets located in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The guilty plea filed in court reveals that a victim inside the home died due to cardiac arrest during the invasion.
The investigation led authorities to the area near the Zumbro Falls Golf Course, where they raided a home in search of the suspects who they arrested a short time later.
The ATF called the brothers’ actions “ruthless, excessive, and intolerable.”