MENOMONEE FALLS - A Brown Deer man told police he helped another man rob Speedway locations in Menomonee Falls and West Allis in exchange for crack.
Ryan Fleury and Anthony Bolden, ages 24, have been charged with robbery with threat of force for their alleged involvement in two robberies at the end of May.
Menomonee Falls police responded to a report of a robbery at Speedway, N87 W17245 Main St., just before 5:30 a.m. The clerk said she was working the counter when a loud man entered and eventually walked behind the service counter and grabbed a case of cigarette cartons.
The clerk confronted the suspect, who was later identified as Bolden. According to the criminal complaint, he told her "Back off, or I'm going to punch you."
Thirty cartons of cigarettes were stolen, valued at $70 each.
A customer inside Speedway at the time was able to obtain the license plate of the suspected vehicle, which was registered to a member of Fleury's family.
After reviewing surveillance video, police identified Fleury and saw him remove blue crates from the bed of the truck, which were allegedly used to carry the stolen cigarettes in.
The two men are also accused of carrying out a robbery approximately two hours before the Falls incident at the West Allis Speedway, 10306 W. Greenfield Ave. The clerk in this case was also threatened with violence and a number of cigarettes were stolen.
When questioned by Menomonee Falls police, Fleury admitted to assisting with the robberies in exchange for $20 worth of crack, $10 and a few packs of cigarettes for each incident.
Fleury told police he buys crack several times every week, has overdosed on heroin in the past, but does not have a drug problem. According to the complaint, Fleury told investigators that helping with the robberies in exchange for drugs was not worth it.
Bolden and Fleury face maximum penalties of $50,000 in fines and/or 15 years in prison for the robbery charges.