Pirttila charged with burglary using a machete

Corey Troy Pirttila, 23, Albany, was charged in Morrison County District Court Feb. 14, with one felony count each of first degree burglary and making terroristic threats and two felony counts of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

On Feb. 12 (Tuesday), Morrison County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in Elmdale Township after receiving a report of an incident involving a weapon.

The residents allegedly told officers that Pirttila drove onto the property and got out of his vehicle, holding what appeared to be a two-foot long machete. He also looked upset, so the residents locked their door.

According to the criminal report, they told officers Pirttila then kicked down the door and forced his way into the residence. One of the residents ran to the neighbor’s home, the other ran upstairs to get an unloaded shotgun.

Allegedly, Pirttila left, but returned. The resident with the shotgun pointed it at Pirttila, but he seemed to know it was unloaded, took it and drove away.

Pirttila was located in Albany and officers found the machete and shotgun in his vehicle.

If convicted, Pirttila faces  a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine.