JUNEAU — A 34-year-old Beaver Dam man entered a not guilty plea Wednesday to charges of robbing Marco’s Pizza, 125 W. Maple Avenue.
Kyle S. Rach, currently an inmate in Dodge Correctional Institution, is charged with armed robbery as a repeater. He faces up to 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted of the charge.
According to the criminal complaint, Beaver Dam police officers responded to the restaurant March 20 at 9:25 p.m. for a robbery complaint. There were no injuries, but cash and coins were taken. A witness had spotted someone running down the Front Street alley, but the suspect was not located at that time.
A security video showed a man entering the store and waiting at the counter for several minutes until the woman working approached him. She then retrieved the money from the cash register after he allegedly threatened to use a gun if he was not given the money. The woman working said she saw a dark-colored object in the man’s pocket and assumed it was a gun.
The woman had already dropped off cash at the bank, so the man only made off with singles, fives and a roll of quarters, according to the criminal complaint.
A staff member from Dodge County Jail contacted Beaver Dam Police March 27 after seeing the photos police released and recognizing the shoes the person was wearing. The jail staffer said they were the same shoes Rach was wearing when he was booked into the Dodge County Jail for a probation violation.
Rach was interviewed in the jail and allegedly told a Beaver Dam detective that he normally used crack cocaine and was in jail because his probation agent had placed a hold on him after he missed an appointment and for using drugs.
Rach told the detectives that he was sleeping most of the day March 20 after binging on crack the weekend before the robbery. However, the detective told Rash that he had custody of the clothes he had been wearing when the robbery took place and the clothes matched those that the suspect was wearing during the robbery. The detective told Rach that they also were aware that he was at the downtown Beaver Dam BP Station attempting to buy lottery tickets with a debit card before the robbery.
“Yup I did it. I did it,” Rach allegedly told the detective.
Rach said he got about $100 from the store and he said he didn’t know why he did it. Rach said he was coming down from his high at that time. He denied having a weapon on him during the robbery and said he went back to his apartment downtown after the robbery.
“I don’t feel good about it,” Rach said to the detective, according to the criminal complaint. “If I could take it back, I would. Not just for myself, but for everyone. I hurt everyone. Probably go to prison for 10 years.”
Rach previously had been convicted of identity theft.
A telephone scheduling conference was scheduled on Aug. 13.