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Thief stole wallet of man who had apparent heart attack in Madison County bar, police say

Thief stole wallet of man who had apparent heart attack in Madison County bar, police say

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MADISON COUNTY • A Livingston, Ill., man was arrested this week after police say he stole a wallet from a man who fell to the floor at a bar of an apparent heart attack.

After the victim was removed from the bar, the suspect then bought a round of drinks with a $50 bill, apparently taken from the wallet, the Madison County Sheriff's Department said.

Bryan J. Kuegler, 32, was charged with theft from a person, a felony. The incident happened May 4 at The Rock Bottom Bar in the village of Williamson, about 18 miles northeast of Edwardsville.

The victim told deputies that at about 11:30 that night, he experienced what he thought was a heart attack and was on the floor in pain. He recalled someone reaching into his pants pocket but thought it was his girlfriend. He was taken to a hospital, treated and released.

The next day, the victim came back to the bar and got his wallet back, but it was missing two $50 bills, police said.

Surveillance footage showed Kuegler taking the wallet from the victim's pants and then hiding it under his shirt. After the victim was taken from the bar, Kuegler then went to the restroom, and returned to the bar and bought the round of drinks. He can be seen on the video throwing the wallet on the floor near the bar.

Fox 2 aired surveillance footage of the incident.

Kuegler was arrested at his home on Wednesday. His bail was set at $50,000.

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