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Carter Lake Man Sentenced to 41 Months for Business Robberies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

Acting United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Mario Quiroga, 22, of Carter Lake, Iowa, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for one count of Interference with Interstate Commerce by way of Robbery.  Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Quiroga to 41 months in federal prison and ordered him to pay $466.00 in restitution. There is no parole in the federal system.  After completing his term of imprisonment, Quiroga will begin a 3-year term of supervised release. 

On July 21, 2021, Quiroga robbed three businesses in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha in a span of about 90 minutes.  Following the robbery spree, Quiroga engaged officers with the Omaha Police Department in a high-speed pursuit, driving over 90 miles per hour attempting to flee the scene. 

Quiroga first robbed a Walgreens in Council Bluffs brandishing an airsoft gun at approximately 3:28 a.m. on July 21, 2021.  At 4:21 a.m. the same morning, Quiroga robbed a Kwik Shop on Q Street in Omaha.  Sixteen minutes after that robbery, Quiroga robbed a QuikTrip on L Street in Omaha.  Officers identified Quiroga’s vehicle as a suspect vehicle in the area of this robbery, and that is when Quiroga sped up and fled the area.  Officers were able to identify Quiroga and take him into custody at his residence in Carter Lake on August 6, 2021.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Omaha Police Department.


Michael Norris, Criminal Chief (402) 661-3700

Updated November 23, 2022