Illinois man accused of robbing Martha’s Vineyard store pleads not guilty to charge

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William Roldan

MILWAUKEE -- William Roldan of Antioch, Illinois pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, Aug. 14 to a charge of robbery with use of force in connection with a robbery that happened at the Martha's Vineyard store on Miller Park Way on July 13.

According to the criminal complaint, Roldan, 48, walked into the store and attempted to buy a malted beverage. Roldan was going to pay with cash -- and when the cash register opened, the complaint indicated Roldan "pushed (the clerk) back, reaching over the counter, and grabbing all of the cash from the register." Roldan then fled the store.

West Milwaukee police released surveillance photos, which showed the man wearing a distinctive T-shirt that read, "I make this shirt look good."

William Roldan

The complaint against Roldan indicated three days after the crime, Roldan was arrested by officers from the Antioch Police Department. Roldan identified himself as the perpetrator.  When Roldan was questioned by police, he "identified himself as the subject" seen in the video. He told investigators "he has an addiction to alcohol and cocaine" and owed his drug dealer about $100, "which is why he stole from Martha's Vineyard."

A scheduling conference was set for Aug. 29.

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