VIDEO: Security footage of Casey's robbery in Montevideo; Milan man charged
MONTEVIDEO -- The man accused of the armed robbery of a Casey's convenience store in Montevideo made his first appearance Monday in District Court in Montevideo.Thomas Joel Owen Graff, 40, of Milan, is currently in the Chippewa County Jail in Mon...
MONTEVIDEO - The man accused of the armed robbery of a Casey’s convenience store in Montevideo made his first appearance Monday in District Court in Montevideo.
Thomas Joel Owen Graff, 40, of Milan, is currently in the Chippewa County Jail in Montevideo with bail set at $100,000 with no conditions and $10,000 with conditions.
He is charged in Chippewa County with felony counts of aggravated robbery in the first degree and assault in the second degree.
Graff was taken into custody Dec. 1 after his wife, from whom he was separated, informed the Montevideo Police Department on Nov. 28 that she suspected he was responsible for the armed robbery of the South First Street Casey’s in Montevideo at 3:18 a.m. Nov. 27. She turned over a black Phantom BB gun that is believed to be the handgun used in the armed robbery.
Video surveillance of the robbery had been posted on Facebook and widely disseminated.
His soon-to-be ex-wife told police she became suspicious when Graff came to her home and took her shopping at Wal-Mart in Montevideo on Thanksgiving Day and shortly after, to Prairie’s Edge Casino, according to the criminal complaint. He purchased $150 worth of items using small bills at Wal-Mart, and exchanged numerous $1 bills for $20 bills during the visit to the casino. When she asked about the number of small bills, Graff told her he had won them the previous day at Prairie’s Edge Casino.
After she returned to her home, the woman viewed the Facebook posting of the armed robbery. She told police that the suspect on the video matched the clothing, brand of sneakers, and physical characteristics of Graff, including her belief that he is left-handed. The suspect on the video brandished the handgun in his left hand. The suspect also wore a ski mask identical to one the woman said belonged to Graff, as well as black, Sketcher sneakers.
She noticed that the BB gun and sneakers had been moved from their usual location in her home.
An investigation by the Montevideo Police Department found no evidence on Prairie’s Edge video surveillance tapes that Graff had been to the casino on the day before Thanksgiving, but the tapes showed him to be there on Thanksgiving Day and exchanging small bills for larger denomination bills.
Graff is alleged to have received over $1,200 in small bills from the cash register and safe of the South First Street Casey’s.