Police say robbery suspect is a juvenile

Published 5:39 pm Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Albert Lea police said Wednesday they have identified a suspect they are looking for in connection to Monday’s robbery at Sterling Drug in downtown Albert Lea.

Police detective Frank Kohl said the suspect is a juvenile male. He could not release the name.

The suspect — described as being a 6-foot-tall, unmasked man — reportedly went to the pharmacy at 148 S. Broadway Ave. while wielding a knife and demanded narcotics. It happened just after 12:30 p.m. Monday.

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After doing so, he fled out the back of the store and headed north down the alley toward Fountain Lake.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a navy blue or black long-sleeved sweater or shirt with a white shirt underneath and dark shoes.

In the hours after the robbery, police stated the man was clean-shaven and appeared to be in his early 20s. He was described as being light-skinned black or Hispanic, or maybe a combination of both.

Kohl said police executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence and hope to find him soon. When the suspect is found, authorities hope to try him as an adult, as he is only a few months away from turning 18, the detective noted.

It has not been determined whether the Monday robbery is connected to two other recent robberies in Albert Lea, one at Lakeside Café, 408 Bridge Ave., and the other at the Korner Mart at the intersection of West Main Street and First Avenue, Kohl said.

During the Lakeside Café robbery, on June 18, an unarmed masked man entered the restaurant through an unlocked back door at the restaurant, walked up to the register, pushed an employee that was nearby and then took money.

A white man in his 20s robbed the Korner Mart at Main Street and First Avenue on June 8. The robber allegedly sprayed pepper spray, took the money and then fled the store.

People with tips concerning the robberies are encouraged to call the Albert Lea Police Department at 377-5205.