Co-defendant's case still pending; similar incidents still under investigation
A Waukesha man has pleaded guilty to his role in a pair of local armed gas station robberies earlier this year and will be sentenced in July.
Anthony Deleon, 29, entered his pleas Wednesday, April 19, in Waukesha County Circuit Court to two felony counts of armed robbery, court records show. Judge Ralph Ramirez found him guilty the same day. Ramirez is scheduled to sentence Deleon on July 5.
Deleon was one of two men charged in connection with the robberies, which occurred over a five-day span in January. Mitchell Gamroth, 21, also of Waukesha, is the other, and his case is pending.
Deleon could face decades in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
According to a criminal complaint, Deleon and Gamroth used a BB gun to rob a local BP and Clark gas station in early January. Both times Deleon pointed the gun at the gas station clerk and demanded money while Gamroth reportedly loitered near the stations' convenience store entrances.
Deleon said in the complaint that he planned the robberies "on the fly" and used the cash he stole to feed his drug addiction. He added that the holdups were "all my idea. ... I was high already."
Deleon and Gamroth walked away with about $800 from BP and between $200 and $400 from Clark.
Gamroth, police said, denied any involvement in the robberies, saying he couldn't remember the last time he was at either of the stations. He also, according to the complaint, denied having a drug addiction. His next hearing is scheduled for May 3.
The Clark and BP robberies were the first in a string of similar incidents in the city, some of which resulted in charges and others that are still under investigation.
Sean Dahl, Joshua Schauwitzer and Jessica Wolfmeyer were charged in February as party to the crime of armed robbery and substantial battery after they allegedly jumped Waukesha resident Antoine Washington and held a gun to his head in search of drug money.
Their cases are pending, court records show.
The incidents still under investigation include a stick-up involving two suspects in March at the Aldi supermarket, 1663 Arcadian Ave., and another Clark gas station robbery earlier this month in which a man reportedly implied he had a weapon and made off with an unspecified amount of cash.