11 months later, man surrenders to police, admits robbing Lima restaurant

By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



LIMA — Apparently a guilty conscience simply got the best of him.

Eleven months after robbing a Lima restaurant at knife-point, a Lima man walked into the Lima Police Station and admitted his misdeeds. An Allen County grand jury has now returned an indictment calling for the young robber to be held accountable for his actions.

Dakota Balo, 20, faces charges of aggravated robbery and kidnapping, both first-degree felonies, in connection with the Jan. 16, 2017, armed robbery of the Happy Daz restaurant at 1064 Bellefontaine Ave. in Lima.

According to court documents, an employee of the restaurant was taking out the trash on that January evening when a subject wearing a mask and brandishing a knife approached him, held him at knife-point and ordered him back inside the restaurant. Once inside, the assailant stole $997 and fled.

On Dec. 8, Balo inexplicably walked into the Lima Police Department and told officers he committed the Happy Daz robbery, according to court records. Balo will be arraigned Friday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.


By J Swygart


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