A Livingston man was charged Friday, May 9, in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of theft from a person, according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.
Police identified the suspect as Bryan J. Kuegler, 32, of the 600 block of Olive Street.
On Monday, May 5, at about 1 p.m., the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Rock Bottom Bar, 903 Williamson Ave., 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 deputy that the theft occurred at the 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 victim returned to the bar the following day, where he recovered his wallet, which was 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.
Investigators were able to identify the suspect as Bryan J. Kuegler. The facts of the case were presented to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. A warrant was prepared and issued by Judge Richard Tognarelli, who set Kuegler’s bond at $50,000.
On Wednesday, May 14, at about 11:47 a.m., a Madison County sheriff’s deputy located and arrested Kuegler at his home. Kuegler is being held in the Madison County Jail in lieu of bond.