STORM LAKE, Iowa | A man who was too drunk to pay for merchandise at a Storm Lake store was arrested, police say.

On the evening of Friday, July 25, 2014, at approximately 8:11pm, the Storm Lake Police Department was dispatched to Ace Hardware on North Lake Avenue in reference to an intoxicated male inside of the store.

Upon arrival police met with staff who reported that a male patron was allegedly standing at the check out registers unable to pay for his merchandise due to his level of intoxication.

Police made contact with the person and identified him as Gerardo Morales, age 51 of Storm Lake. Police report that Morales was highly intoxicated and took him into custody.

Morales was charged with Public Intoxication 3rd Offense (aggravated misdemeanor). He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $2,000.00 bond.

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