Public aid sought in solving arson

Burglar sets fires in new restaurant

The Storm Lake Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in solving a burglary and attempted arson at a local business.

On Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. the Storm Lake Police Department was sent to Los Portales, a new restaurant preparing to open at 504 Erie St.

After arriving police met with the reporting party who advised that sometime between 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. on Thursday, a person or persons entered the business through a window.

While inside the person(s) started several fires, which apparently burned themselves out with no substantial damage.

In addition the suspects reportedly stole boxes of ceramic plates and some tools.

Damage to the business is estimated at $500.

Police processed the scene and an investigation is underway.

The Storm Lake Police Department is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest. Contact police at 712-732-8010.