Storm Lake Man Arrested for Alleged Armed Robbery at Al’s Liquor

An arrest has been made in connection to an armed robbery that occurred at Al’s Liquor in Storm Lake this past weekend.

Storm Lake Police were called to Al’s Liquor at 215 West Milwaukee Avenue shortly after 9:20pm on Sunday. An employee informed officers that a man had entered the business and brandished a firearm, which he held to the employee’s head. The man allegedly moved the employee to the cash register where he took an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled the business on foot. No injuries were reported. Police were unable to locate the suspect at that time.

On Tuesday, police executed search warrants at 925 West 6th Street and 426 E West 8th Street in Storm Lake in connection to the robbery. The suspect, 24-year-old Eh Lwe of Storm Lake, was located at the 426 E West 8th Street residence. Several other individuals were detained at that location, and they were transported to the Storm Lake Police Department for further investigation.

During the execution of the search warrants, police allegedly located clothing worn by Lwe during the incident, as well as cash and a black BB gun that was used during the robbery. Drug paraphernalia, a quantity of marijuana and methamphetamine, and two firearms were also located at the West 8th Street residence.

Lwe has been charged with 1st Degree Robbery, a class B felony…Assault While Participating in a Felony and Going Armed With Intent, both class D felonies…Assault While Displaying a Dangerous Weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor…and 5th Degree Theft, a simple misdemeanor.

Lwe was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a 37-thousand 300-dollar bond. The incident remains under investigation, and additional charges are possible. The BV County Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.