EDWARDSVILLE — A Livingston man who allegedly lifted the wallet of a bar patron during the patron’s medical episode was charged May 9 in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of Theft From a Person, according to a release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.
The release identified the charged as Bryan J Kuegler, 32 of Olive Street in Livingston.
According to the release, on Monday, May 5 at approximately 1 p.m., the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to The Rock Bottom Bar, 903 Williamson Avenue, Williamson in reference to a reported theft. Deputies met with the victim, who reported a theft of $100 from his wallet.
The victim told the responding deputy that the theft occurred at The Rock Bottom Bar on Sunday, May 4 at approximately 11:30 p.m. The victim said he was experiencing what he thought was a heart attack and was on the floor of the bar in pain when the theft occurred. The victim recalled someone reaching into his pants pocket and removing his wallet as he was on the floor, but he thought it was his girlfriend. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated and released, the release said.
The victim returned to the bar the following day where he recovered his wallet, which was now missing two $50 bills. The responding deputy reviewed the businesses surveillance footage and observed a subject removing the wallet from the victim’s pants, and then hiding it under his shirt. After the victim was removed from the bar the suspect entered the restroom. The suspect returned to the bar with a $50 bill and bought a round of drinks. The suspect can also be seen on the surveillance throwing the victim’s wallet on the floor near the bar after exiting the restroom, the release said.
Investigators were able to identify the suspect Kuegler. The facts of the case were presented to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. A warrant was prepared and issued by the Honorable Judge Richard Tognarelli, who set Kuegler’s bond at $50,000.
On Wednesday, May 14 at approximately 11:47 a.m., a Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy located and arrested Kuegler at his home in Livingston, the release said. Kuegler is currently being held in the Madison County Jail in lieu of bond.