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Fourteen-year-old arrested in Dubuque after robbing two businesses, one twice

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) -- A miniature crime spree ended in arrest for a Dubuque teen on Monday. The spree started at the Great Vape on Central Avenue in Dubuque. Two teens kicked their way in through the back door. They proceeded to grab as much as they could, shove into their pockets and leave out the way they came. 

From the vape shop they drove two minutes down Peru Road to Quality Auto. There, only the boy in custody got out of their vehicle. He kicked down the door to the main office and stole all the key fobs to the cars in the lot. While he did test every car, he didn’t remove any from the lot. According to Jeff Tiggens, the owner of Quality Auto, replacing the door and keys cost him over $1,000. 

The teens didn’t stop there, after leaving Quality Auto they headed back to Great Vape.

The teen in custody entered again through the back but this time with a third suspect. Repeating their actions from twenty minutes earlier the two grab as much as they could, including emptying out the register, and left. 

Tom Wall, the owner of Great Vape, was shocked to find his store robbed.

“I turn the corner and there’s the door broken in. Just shock and disbelief,” he said. “I’d never thought I’d come into that in the morning.”

Lucky for the store owners both had security cameras that caught the suspect in custody’s face multiple times. Tom Wall showed these images to his daughter who immediately realized he attended Hempstead High School with her. Once given the identity, the police arrested him the next day after school. His identity will remain hidden as he is under eighteen. 

There are still two suspects at large while police continue the investigation. They ask anyone with any information to reach out to their online anonymous tip service.  

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