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Robbery suspect named, held on high cash bond

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- A Plover man has will be charged with two convenience store robberies that took place Monday, and another robbery that happened July 21st.

Stevens Point Police Department Sergeant Tony Babl says they have asked the district attorney to charge 29-year-old Kenneth J. Groholski with two counts of robbery and theft for the crimes at Southside BP and Westside Mobil Monday, and another count of attempted robbery form the July incident at Westside Mobil.

Another man that was driving the vehicle Groholski was caught in could face criminal charges, but he was released Monday. Investigators are trying to determine if that man had any knowledge or involvement in the actual robberies.

The police were investigating the Southside BP robbery when the second robbery at Westside Mobil occurred. A confidential source says the robber didn’t get a lot of cash from the first robbery due to the quick actions of the store clerk, who put several large bills into the drop safe right before the man demanded money.

Groholski was free on a $500 signature bond awaiting sentencing on drug charges, after being found guilty July 14th of possessing amphetamines and having theft of movable property charges dismissed, but read in at sentencing. The court is still waiting for the presentence investigation on that file. Groholski now remains jailed on a new $50,000 cash bond for the robbery charges. If he does get out on bond, he will be required to have no firearms and stay away from the robbed stores and their employees. Groholski will be back in court for an initial appearance in Branch Two September 2nd at 1:30.

Police are still interested in hearing from witnesses and anyone that seen suspicious activity near the two robbed stores Monday morning. If you have any additional information about this case, please contact Detective Sgt. Joe Gruber at 715-346-1518.

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