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Update: Waterloo Police investigate early morning robbery


by John Wilmer

WATERLOO(KWWL) -- Police are continuing to investigate an early morning robbery that ended with a shotgun blast.

It happened in Waterloo at the Liquor and Tobacco Outlet on Broadway Street around one in the morning.

Police say this store has hit a string of bad luck. At the end of May police investigated what they call a smash and grab robbery at the same store. Someone had broken into the business and stole the cash register.

Last night it was a different story. Police say a man entered the Liquor and Tobacco Outlet carrying a shotgun and demanded money. Police say he then fired the gun into the wall and fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police say the only people in the store at the time of the robbery were the two clerks and luckily no one was injured.

"For quite sometime there was just the indication that the suspect had a weapon, but there was any actually displayed.  But we have seen a bit of an increase in weapons actually being displayed during robberies. In terms of discharge at this point is still the exception opposed to the rule," Captain John Beckman of the Waterloo Police Department said.

Police say they are currently following up on leads. No arrests have been made in either case.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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