TOMAH, Wis. (JOINT RELEASE FROM TOMAH AND SPARTA POLICE DEPARTMENTS) -- On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at approximately 10:05am an employee of Check Advance, 630 Industrial Drive, Sparta, reported an armed robbery that occurred shortly after the business opened. An unknown male suspect entered the business displaying a dark colored handgun and demanded all of the money. The suspect then told the employee to shut herself in the bathroom and removed the money from the cash drawer.
The suspect is believed to be approximately 5 ft tall, stocky build, and may be either of Hispanic or Asian ethnicity. He was last seen wearing a blue or black hooded jacket, blue jeans, and dark shoes. The suspect left the store on foot and it is unknown if he got into a vehicle or not.
Video surveillance was recovered from the Check Advance providing a description of the suspect.
On November 26, 2013 at 10:49am an employee of Check & Cash, 1122 Superior Ave, Tomah, reported an armed robbery that occurred. The employee reported that an unknown male subject entered the store, displayed a handgun, demanded money, and then ordered the employee to the rear of the store.
Officers arrived on scene within minutes of receiving the information from dispatch. The male subject was not located. It is unknown if he left in a vehicle or on foot. The subject left with an undetermined amount of cash.
The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, approximately 5'04", stocky, wearing a gray hoodie type sweatshirt, black scarf, and blue jeans.
On November 26, 2013 an officer from the Sparta Police Department was advised by the Monroe County Dispatch center that there had been an armed robbery in the City of Tomah. The officer positioned himself to observe traffic on I-90, watching traffic traveling westbound.
At approximately 11:18 a.m. the Sparta officer observed a vehicle traveling westbound on I-90. The driver resembled the description from both the Sparta and Tomah armed robberies. It was determined that the owner of the vehicle, Boun Lee, was currently on probation for burglary.
At 11:30 a.m. the Sparta officer, with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol, the LaCrosse County Sheriff's Department and the West Salem Police Department, performed a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, and lone occupant, was identified as Boun Lee. During the traffic stop items were seen in the vehicle which lead officers to believe that Boun Lee was involved in the armed robbery that occurred in Tomah. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole, placed a hold on Lee. Lee was transported to the LaCrosse County Sheriff's Department where he was held on a probation hold.
The vehicle Boun Lee was operating was transported to the Sparta Police Department.
On November 26th detectives from the Tomah Police Department and the Sparta Police Department executed a search warrant on the vehicle owned and operated by Boun Lee. During the search warrant officers recovered several items to include a grey hoodie style sweatshirt, a black scarf, a Crossman BB style handgun, and cash consistent to the amount and denominations taken from the Check and Cash. Additional evidence was located in the vehicle which links Boun Lee to the armed robbery which occurred in Sparta.
Charges against Boun Lee are being referred to the Monroe County District Attorney's office. The charges include Armed Robbery and theft for his involvement in the armed robbery which occurred at the Check and Cash located in Tomah and the Check Advance in Sparta.
This is an ongoing investigation.
Boun Lee is currently being held in the LaCrosse County jail on a probation hold.
Lt. Mark Nicholson Lt. David Livingston
Operations Commander Sparta Police Department
Tomah Police Department
TOMAH, Wis. (WEAU) --Police are investigating an armed robbery at a check cashing business.
It happened just before 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Check & Cash on Superior Avenue in Tomah. The Tomah Police Department says an employee reported that someone came in the store, took out a handgun, and demanded money. The employee went on to say that he then ordered the employee to go to the back of the store. He left with an unknown amount of cash. Officers got to the store minutes later, but couldn't find the suspect. There's no word on whether he left in a car or ran off.
Tomah police want anyone with information to call (608) 374-7400, or call Monroe County Crime Stoppers at (608) 372-STOP.