WILLIAMSON, Ill. - Police said one man's medical emergency became another's chance at a quick buck. The callous crime in Illinois was caught on camera.
For Larry Lotter, it was a sudden and terrifying experience.
“I felt fine, and then all at once, I took a drink of my beer, and I felt a real sharp pain, like somebody sticking an ice pick in my chest,” said Lotter.
Lotter hit the floor, friends then called 911 and quickly gathered around him to help. Bryan Kuegler, also hovered, and appeared to be concerned. But the reality was far from it.
“As the EMTs were getting ready to come in, is when (Kuegler) reached down and grabbed my wallet and stuck it in his pants,” said Capt. Mike Dixon with the Madison County Sheriff's Dept.
And then as the victim left the establishment, he went into the restroom, returned and threw the victim's wallet back on the floor. But not before taking two $50 bills.
And if that wasn't bad enough, Kuegler tried to buy the girl that Larry was with that day a drink with the money he took.
The heart attack was luckily a false alarm and thanks to the crystal-clear surveillance, Lotter was quickly able to identify the suspect. Ironically, Lotter put brakes on Kuegler's car a month ago.
“Real shocked. The night I went home, I could hardly sleep because it bothered me so bad,” said Lotter.
“He was trying to play Good Samaritan, and then turned around and ripped the guy off at the same time,” said Mike Lovsey, Rock Bottom Bar owner.
Kuegler is jailed and charged with felony theft from person. If convicted, he'll likely serve two to five years in prison.
“Rarely have I seen somebody literally steal from what they believe to be a dying man. It's pretty pathetic,” said Dixon.
According to the victim, doctors said Lotter did not have a heart attack, and it's possible the suspect slipped something into his drink.
Investigators say Kuegler has a long criminal history, with offenses including theft, domestic battery and narcotics.
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