Suspect in local robbery caught

A local store was robbed on Saturday, and law enforcement officials were able to apprehend the suspect the next day.

The suspect, identified by a deputy of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and a Webster City Police Officer as Andrew D. Weir, allegedly walked into the Kum & Go located at 1102 Second Street in Webster City wearing a mask and displayed a handgun to the clerk. The incident occurred at 5:19 a.m. on Saturday.

According to Chief of Police Brian Hughes, the suspect demanded money from the register and then exited the store. He left with an undisclosed amount of money and did not harm the clerk or anyone else. Hughes said officers responded to the theft, who processed the scene and canvassed the area. The Police Department obtained physical evidence from the scene.

A few hours later, a citizen reported that they had recognized Weir with the description of the suspect in mind. Hughes said officers worked for the next several hours to find Weir. Officers discovered that Weir was caught on camera in another location wearing what appeared to be the same clothes he had used in the robbery.

On Sunday, at about 6:30 p.m., a Hamilton County dispatcher witnessed Weir by the Stone Ridge Apartments and notified officers. He was identified by law enforcement officials and placed under arrest. Weir was then transported to Hamilton County jail, and has been charged with first degree robbery, a class B felony, and has bond set at $10,000.

Hughes noted that in any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation of the commission of a crime and the defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.