|3/8/2018 2:18:00 PM|
Pre-trial, trial dates set for Kwik Trip robbery suspect
The man who held up Kwik Trip North February 13 entered a not guilty plea in Iowa County Circuit Court last week by standing mute.
William B. LaSalle, 43, who is in the Iowa County Jail, was arrested February 16 and charged with armed robbery with a threat of force.
LaSalle was represented by his attorney, Jeremiah Wolfgang Meyer. After review of the charges and penalties by the court and the not guilty plea entered, further proceedings were scheduled. LaSalle is to be in court for a final pre-trial hearing March 16 at 1:30 p.m. and a trial is scheduled for April 16 at 8:30 a.m.
According to the report filed with the court Dodgeville police Sergeant Jerron Wetter was called to investigate a robbery at Kwik Trip North at 11:27 p.m. at which time the suspect displayed a firearm. The suspect demanded cash from the register stating he didn't want to do it but he was in a bad place right now. After taking the cash he fled the store.
Sgt. Wetter instructed a second officer to secure the scene at the store and enlisted a police canine to help with tracking. The tracking was unsuccessful.
Area businesses were alerted and questioned about seeing the subject. The security tape at Lands' End property near Kwik Trip was also no help as a food delivery truck was blocking view.
The police department began their investigation which took them to Sauk City where they learned their person of interest, LaSalle, had sold two camo walkie talkies to a subject. in a vehicle. According to the report LaSalle was wearing the same clothing that the suspect wore which was an army style camo jacket, dark baggy pants, white athletic shoes and he had a large silver chain on his right side. He sold the walkie talkies for $7.00 and put that much gas in his dark colored minivan.
Another witness spotted LaSalle and his vehicle in Spring Green at the Mobil Station. A surveillance tape showed LaSalle looking into a back window of the store prior to leaving the premises.
LaSalle allegedly made it to Dodgeville next where he committed the robbery and left the scene. The delivery driver of the delivery truck had stopped for food at Kwik Trip and was in his vehicle when he saw a dark minivan which had been idling nearby leave with the driver who had just come from the store....
See the rest of the story in the March 8, 2018 Chronicle issue.
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