A would-be robbery was thwarted when the owner of Bree’s Inn II in New London tackled the suspect as he tried to run away with two cash boxes Sunday, April 12.
Kyle J. Conlon, 35, Marinette was charged in Waupaca County Circuit Court with strong-armed robbery, attempted theft, two counts of battery and disorderly conduct.
When New London Police Officer Nick Kamba responded to a reported robbery at Bree’s Inn, he found two men on the floor. One of them was holding the other in a headlock.
The man in the headlock was wearing a ski mask and sunglasses. He also had a bloody nose.
He was identified as the robbery suspect, Conlon, and taken into custody.
According to the criminal complaint, the co-owner William Bree Jr., was counting money at the cash register with his mother, Jayne White, when they heard a thump. They looked up and saw a man in a ski mask jump over the bar, grab two cash boxes containing more than $6,400, then take off running.
Bree and White chased the man and tackled him to the floor.
During the ensuing struggle, Conlon allegedly punched White in the mouth and scratched Bree’s arm.
Brian Jansen, a customer who had stepped outside to smoke a cigarette, heard someone yell, “He’s trying to rob the place.” He ran inside and joined the fray, holding Conlon in a headlock while White called the police.
Bree told Detective Cheri Johnson that Conlon had been in the bar before.
On Friday, April 10, Conlon cashed a $100 check at Bree’s Inn, but it had not been deposited in the bank yet.
Conlon told investigators that he realized his check from Friday night was going to bounce. Since he felt he was in good standing with the people at Bree’s Inn, he wanted to get his check back before it bounced, the complaint says.
Conlon faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of robbery.