On Sunday, October 11, 2009 around 8:30 pm, Waterloo Police officers responded to Cork's Grocery at 1956 Lafayette Street on the report of an alarm at the business. When officers arrived they were told that a white male had robbed the clerk at gunpoint.
Within minutes of the robbery, officers located a suspect a short distance from the store and brought him to the police department for questioning. The suspect, identified as 18-year-old William James Welch of Waterloo, admitted that he had committed the robbery. Officers recovered a BB gun used in the robbery and cash that was taken from the store.
Welch is charged with robbery in the second degree and possession of marijuana. He is being held in the Black Hawk County Jail and his bond was set at fifty thousand dollars.
No one was injured during this incident and Welch's picture will not be released at this time.
Captain John Beckman
Waterloo Police Department