WATERLOO – Waterloo police are investigating a robbery at a convenience store Wednesday morning.

Details weren’t immediately available, but officers were called to Neighborhood Mart, 2100 Lafayette St., around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

No serious injuries were reported. No description has yet been provided by police.

Police also are investigating a failed robbery that happened hours earlier at an auto parts store. In that case, a man in a ski mask entered Auto Zone, 1430 Logan Ave., around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday with his hand in his pocket as if he was armed with a handgun. The clerk refused to hand over any money, and the would-be robber left empty-handed following an argument with the employee, police said.

The Tuesday night robber is described as a black male about 5 feet, 7 inches and 150 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing and tan gloves, police said.

The robbery and attempted robbery came amid a string of holdups in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area in recent weeks.

  • Jan. 21, a masked man with a gun robbed the Prime Mart on Center Street in Cedar Falls at about 7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 22, a man with a knife robbed Kay Jewelers in Cedar Falls. Carlos Roig Gonzalez of Cedar Falls was arrested in the case on Tuesday.
  • Jan. 23, a man with gun robbed Casey’s General Store on Logan Avenue.
  • Jan. 29, Metro Mart on Falls Avenue was robbed by an unarmed man.

Charges pending

in rollover crash

WAVERLY — Charges are pending against a New Hampton man following a rollover crash Tuesday in Bremer County.

The crash was reported about 9 a.m. in the 1100 block of Piedmont Avenue, according to Bremer County Sheriff’s deputies.

After an investigation it was determined a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Richard Dennis Buhr, 49, of New Hampton, lost control and overturned in the ditch.

Fire destroys garage,


efighters save home

WATERLOO – Fire destroyed a garage, but firefighters saved the house that was only feet away on Wednesday.

The blaze broke out in the detached garage at 103 Acadia St. around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday when the resident was using a cutting torch while working on a vehicle inside, said Battalion Chief Mike Moore with Waterloo Fire Rescue.

The man escaped from the garage, which was soon engulfed in flames. Heat from the fire burst a kitchen window on the home and scorched the house’s siding. Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to the home, Moore said.


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