Authorities arrested a La Crosse man in connection to recent armed robberies in Sparta and Tomah.
Boun Lee, 40, faces armed robbery and theft charges for his involvement in the armed robbery at Check & Cash in Tomah on November 26 and Check Advance in Sparta on November 20.
On Tuesday morning, Sparta police saw a vehicle going westbound on I-90 who resembled the description of the suspect from both armed robberies. Lee, the owner of the vehicle, was on probation for burglary. He was sentenced in 1999 for burglarizing nine La Crosse and Onalaska businesses.
With the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol, the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department and the West Salem Police Department, they stopped Lee’s vehicle. Tomah police say there were items in the vehicle that lead officers to believe Lee was involved in the armed robbery that happened in Tomah.
Police say a man entered the store, showed a handgun, demanded money and then ordered the employee to the back of the store. The subject was described as Hispanic, about 5’04”, stocky, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black scarf. After executing a search warrant of Lee’s vehicle, police found a gray hoodie-style sweatshirt, a black scarf, a Crossman BB style handgun, and cash consistent to the amount taken from Check & Cash.
Tomah police say additional evidence located in Lee’s vehicle linked him to the armed robbery at Check Advance in Sparta.
Lee is currently being held in the La Crosse County Jail on a probation hold.