"MEDIA RELEASE Carver County Attorney s Office 8 18 2009"
OFFICE OF THE CARVER COUNTY ATTORNEY JAMES W. KEELER, JR. COUNTY ATTORNEY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Allison O’Toole August 18, 2009 952.361.1400 Carver County Attorney Jim Keeler Files Charges in Recent Armed Robberies of Gas Stations Carver County Attorney Jim Keeler announced today that his office filed charges against two people for a Waconia robbery, and one person in a recent Chanhassen robbery. Both incidents were armed robberies of gas stations. Tyler James Burton Funk, DOB 12/18/1985, and Philip Lee Graunke, DOB 6/20/2989, are both charged in the August 15, 2009 robbery of the Kwik Trip in Waconia, MN. That morning, a Kwik Trip clerk called 911 after Graunke threatened her with a gun and demanded cash and cigarettes. There was also another customer in the store at the time of the robbery. Funk was waiting in a car, which was reported stolen. Funk and Graunke fled the scene in the stolen car with the cash and the weapon. Law enforcement officers arrested both men in the woods and also found cash and a weapon in the woods. Graunke is charged with three felonies in this incident – two charges of robbery and one charge of theft of a motor vehicle. Funk is charged with four felonies in this incident - aiding in the aggravated robbery, two charges of illegally possessing a firearm, and driving a stolen car. Additionally, Funk is charged in the July 30, 2009 armed robbery of the Holiday gas station in Chanhassen, MN. Law enforcement connected Funk to this crime through anonymous tips and identified him through surveillance videos. In this incident, a Holiday clerk called 911 after Funk displayed a handgun in a threatening manner and demanded cash and cigarettes. Funk is charged with four felonies in this incident – two charges of armed robbery and two charges of illegally possessing a firearm. Both defendants are scheduled for First Appearances on these charges in Carver County District Court at 8:30 AM on August 21, 2009. ### GOVERNMENT CENTER, JUSTICE CENTER 604 EAST FOURTH STREET CHASKA, MINNESOTA 55318-2102 PHONE: (952) 361-1400 FAX: (952) 361-1413