Random Lake man who pleaded guilty to 2009 crime accused of brandishing gun in December theft at gas station
A convicted burglar who faces a bank robbery charge in Washington County was charged Tuesday in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with the armed robbery of a Town of Fredonia gas station in December.
In addition to armed robbery, Brandon L. Baumhardt, 29, of Random Lake, is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to the criminal complaint, Big Joe’s Gas & Convenience employee Oliver Setterlund told authorities he was working on Dec. 12 when, at 8:46 p.m., a man wearing gloves, a hood and a bandana on his face walked into the gas station brandishing a gun.
Surveillance video from the gas station shows the man, later identified as Baumhardt, pointing a small semi-automatic handgun at Setterlund, the complaint states.
Setterlund said the man ordered him to “get the money,” then, when Setterlund hesitated, the man said, “Grab the cash.” Setterlund said he put $359 in a bag, which Baumhardt took.
Matthew Heike, who pulled into the gas station as the robbery was unfolding, told authorities he saw Setterlund with his hands in the air and watched as Baumhardt left the station with a brown bag in his hand and drove away in a Saturn sedan.
Heike, who was with friends, said he tried to follow Baumhardt as he drove north on Highway H, but Baumhardt sped away.
A detective later interviewed a “known associate” of Baumhardt who said that on Jan. 10 he drove Baumhardt and a woman to Milwaukee to buy heroin, the complaint states.
He noted Baumhardt had a lot of money, which Baumhardt told him he got when he robbed a bank. When the man told Baumhardt “he was stupid” for robbing a bank, Baumhardt said he didn’t get enough money when he robbed Big Joe’s, the complaint states.
A woman who lived with Baumhardt said he told her he robbed the gas station. Shortly after the robbery, she said, she and Baumhardt drove to Milwaukee, where he bought $400 worth of heroin, according to the complaint.
Baumhardt was arrested by West Bend police officers on Jan. 16. In a backpack he was carrying were clothes that matched the description of the Big Joe’s robber, the complaint states.
Authorities also determined through cell phone tower mapping that Baumhardt used his phone in the area of Big Joe’s about five minutes after the robbery and again later that night en route to Milwaukee.
In July 2009, Baumhardt pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to one felony count of burglary-arming self with dangerous weapon. A judge withheld a prison sentence and placed him on probation for five years, according to court records.
In January of this year, he was charged in Washington County with robbery of a financial institution.
He is currently being held in the Washington County jail on $25,000 bail.
Armed robbery is punishable by a maximum 25 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision. If convicted, Baumhardt would face an additional five years in prison and five years of extended supervision on the firearms charge.