Waukesha gas station robber sent to prison

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WAUKESHA — A man who robbed two area gas stations with a faux gun to fund a heroin addiction was sentenced in Waukesha County Circuit Court Wednesday to prison.

Anthony Deleon, 29, was ordered to serve 10 years of initial confinement and another five years of extended supervision for the two counts of armed robbery he pleaded guilty to in April.

A second man involved in the incidents, Mitchell Gamroth, awaits July 12 sentencing after he pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery in May. A criminal complaint said both men were involved in the armed robbery of the BP gas station at 500 Arcadian Ave. on Jan. 3, during which an armed suspect made off with about $795 while a colleague watched the door; as well as the armed robbery of the Clark Station at 1436 E. Moreland Blvd. on Jan.8, where circumstances were similar to the prior robbery, but the suspects made off with about $200 to $400. In both cases, they went to Milwaukee to buy heroin, the complaint said.

Two people identified Mitchell Gamroth as a suspect in surveillance images released by police, the complaint said; both recognized his shoes and one also identified a green flannel jacket which Gamroth wore.

The jacket, shoes and a bandana similar to that worn by the robbers and a firearm, which turned out to be a B.B. gun, were found at their Greenfield Avenue home, the complaint said.

The complaint added both men worked at The Freeman; they were temporary employees at the paper. Deleon was absent from his job on Jan. 3, the complaint said, and Gamroth, who worked there two-to-three months earlier, had been disciplined for taking a box of blue latex gloves, similar to the kind seen in the surveillance images of both incidents.

Deleon confirmed the gloves were the same, the complaint said. The state had recommended the 10 years of initial confinement in addition to extended supervision, citing a criminal record including crimes like forgery, weapons and graffiti charges.

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