Local men arrested for Dairy Queen robbery

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 29, 2002

Authorities have arrested two 18-year-old men from Albert Lea and New Richland in connection with the armed robbery of the North Bridge Avenue Dairy Queen April 4.

The men, whose names have not been released, were expected to be charged with first-degree aggravated robbery today.

Albert Lea police and Freeborn County sheriff’s deputies arrested the men Friday, the police department said. On Sunday, investigators found a gun and red bags matching the description of those used to carry money from the robbery, police said.

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The New Richland suspect is also being investigated for a theft in Winona County.

The robbery happened around 9:45 p.m., right before closing time, when a man wearing an orange ski mask entered the Dairy Queen, displayed .22 caliber pistol, and ordered one of the clerks to tie up the other one with tape. After the clerk put money from the register in a bag for him, he tied her up with tape and fled. He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

One of the clerks escaped the tape and called 911. Nobody was injured in the robbery.