Storm Lake Times Pilot

Multiple people in custody in armed robbery investigation


A Storm Lake man was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with an armed robbery at Al’s Liquors on New Year’s Day.

Eh Lwe

Jail records show Eh Lwe, 24, was booked into Buena Vista County Jail for first-degree robbery, assault while participating in a felony, going armed with intent, assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and fifth-degree theft. Lwe allegedly brandished a firearm at the liquor store at215 W. Milwaukee Ave. at around 9:22 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1. He reportedly fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Officers arrested Lwe at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at 426 W. Eighth St.

A news release issued Wednesday morning by the Storm Lake Police Department said several other individuals at Lwe’s residence were also detained for questioning.

“The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are possible,” the statement reads.

Authorities said search warrants executed at a trailer at 426 W. Eighth St. yielded clothing allegedly worn by Lwe during the robbery, as well as cash and a black BB gun. Officers also found drug paraphernalia, marijuana, methamphetamine and two firearms.

Lwe was jailed on a $37,300 bond. A preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Storm Lake Police were assisted in investigation by the Buena Vista County Attorney’s Office.

Storm Lake police detained multiple people on the afternoon of Jan. 3, 2023 as part of a robbery investigation.

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