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Carlton County men charged in armed robbery

Cameron Angell1 / 2
Zachary Moehrke2 / 2

Two Carlton County men have been charged in connection with an armed robbery in Mahtowa on Sunday morning.

Zachary Scott Moehrke, 19, of Carlton has been charged with one count of felony first degree aggravated robbery and felony second degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Cameron Alden Angell, 19, of Barnum faces charges of felony aiding and abetting aggravated robbery in the first degree and felony aiding and abetting second degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Carlton County Sheriff's deputies were called to TJ's Country Corner at 9 a.m. Sunday after a clerk reported being robbed at gunpoint, according to court documents.

Moehrke first went into the store, walked around and left without purchasing anything. He reportedly returned a short time later, pointed a .22 caliber handgun at the clerk and demanded money, stating among other things, "give me the hundreds, fifties and twenties."

After the clerk placed cash on the counter, Moehrke grabbed it, wiped the counter clean with his sweatshirt, pointed the gun at the victim again and told her not to "hit any [expletive] buttons," then left the store, court documents said.

During the robbery, Moehrke allegedly concealed his identity by wearing a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and a bandana over his face.

Deputies at the scene examined fresh tire tracks and determined the suspects headed north on County Road 61. Moehrke and Angell were arrested after a traffic stop in the area a short time later.

In statements given to officers, Moehrke first said Angell committed the robbery, but later admitted that he did it. He also said he and Angell went to a Cloquet residence and hid the handgun and clothing Moehrke was wearing during the crime, court documents said. The gun and clothing were recovered by officers earlier this week at the home after a search warrant was obtained.

Moehrke and Angell appeared in Carlton County District Court Tuesday morning before Judge Dale Wolf. Moehrke has prior criminal convictions including disorderly conduct and theft of services and had just finished time on probation for a drug possession conviction. Wolf set his bond at $100,000.

"You were in the juvenile system," Wolf told him. "You're in a very different system now."

Angell, who does not have a criminal history, had bond set at $80,000. Both had their next court date set for Dec. 7.