Albert Lea man arrested for robberies in Twin Cities faces charges

Published 9:52 am Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Albert Lea man arrested last week as part of an investigation into a series of robberies in the Twin Cities has been charged with his first count of aggravated robbery tied to the recent alleged incidents.

Dane Robert Nelson, 20, faces one felony count of first-degree aggravated robbery in Hennepin County District Court for allegedly robbing Bobby & Steve’s Gas Station, 7920 France Ave., in Bloomington. He is also a suspect in aggravated robberies in Richfield, Edina, Minneapolis and South St. Paul.

Nelson was arrested Thursday after Albert Lea police conducted a search warrant at the home of his father at 408 High St. in Albert Lea. He was later transported to the Twin Cities by authorities and remains in custody in the Hennepin County Jail.

Court documents state the burglary at Bobby & Steve’s Gas Station took place Dec. 4.

On this date, Nelson reportedly approached the checkout counter and pulled out a gun, demanding money, reports state. When the store clerk did not immediately respond, Nelson reportedly threatened to shoot him.

The clerk then gave Nelson the money, and Nelson left.

Court documents state the store clerk provided a description of the robber that matched the description of the same person from several other robberies.

The clerk later identified Nelson in a photo line-up.

The clerk’s description also included the same coat Nelson was wearing at the time he was arrested.

One count of first-degree aggravated robbery carries a penalty of three to 20 years in prison.