Spirit Lake Police make arrests following armed robbery
Two area men face a series of felony charges after police received a report of an armed robbery just after midnight Wednesday in Spirit Lake.
Spirit Lake Police suspect 19-year-old Brandon Bebon of entering a trailer house at 1502 Memphis Ave Lot #1 with a .22-caliber handgun, according to criminal complaints filed at the Dickinson County Courthouse. Investigators think the Sheldon man "did demand the (28-year-old) male occupant of the house to empty his pockets and give him everything he had."
Police think 26-year-old Samuel Stoller of Spirit Lake transported Bebon to the trailer park to commit the armed robbery.
"Stoller also gave Bebon a ride when he fled from the scene of the burglary," a criminal complaint filed Wednesday morning went on to say.
Officers also think Bebon was using a .22-caliber handgun that "was found to be stolen in a previous crime that Stoller was charged for — the handgun was stolen from Stoller's father." Police said the younger Stoller had several .22-caliber rounds in the drivers compartment of his 2015 Mercedes L300 and in the pockets of the pants he was wearing.
Police officers pulled over the Mercedes before they arrived at the scene of the suspected robbery. The car was stopped at 12:09 a.m. near the intersection of Memphis Avenue and Highways 9/71, because it matched the description of the car used in the robbery attempt. Arresting officers also say they found "several items of drugs and drug paraphernalia" in the Mercedes.
Stoller and Bebon face charges of first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery, which are Class B felonies. They were also charged with going armed with intent, a Class D felony and fourth-degree theft, a serious misdemeanor.
Officers say they found methamphetamine and marijuana in the car, so the men each face a simple misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge as well as two serious misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance charges.
Authorities were able to make the arrests without injuries. Spirit Lake Police officers received help from the Okoboji Police Department and Dickinson County Sheriff's Office.