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UPDATE: Stevens Point Man Gets 5 Year for Gas Station Robbery

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Fri 1:51 PM, Mar 7, 2014

A 27-year-old Stevens Point man will spend five years in prison, followed by five years extended supervision after he was convicted of robbing a gas station he previously worked at.

According to court documents, Vincent Belthem admitted to robbing Blue Top Shell in Stevens Point on July 28, 2013. Belthem told police he had two personalities and one of the personalities made him do it.

Belthem is also accused of breaking one of the gas station's windows the night before the robbery.

He will receive credit for 221 days he's already spent in jail.

An arrest warrant was issued for Belthem's girlfriend. Online court records say Kianna Nelson is no longer in Wisconsin. She has been charged with robbery and obstructing an officer.

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UPDATE: Thurs 12:21 PM, Dec. 12, 2013

A former employee of the Blue Top Shell in Stevens Point has been convicted of robbing and burglarizing it after a three day trial in Portage County.

Investigators say Vincent Belthem stole money and cigarettes from the business on July 28.

According to court documents, Belthem's girlfriend is also charged in the crime. Kianna Nelson, 19, is expected to be charged with robbery with threat of force and resisting. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.

According to an employee working at the time, Nelson was at the gas station at the time of the robbery, and was described as a regular customer. The employee said Nelson had arrived 15 minutes prior to the robbery.

Nelson was interviewed by police as a witness following the incident. She told police the suspect had green eyes, however in Vincent Belthem's booking photo his eyes are brown.

As police were collecting evidence from the scene, Belthem arrived at the gas station on foot and stated he was there because he was told Kianna was there.

The store manager also arrived at the scene and made a statement that she would not be surprised if Belthem was involved in the robbery; earlier stating that he had been fired from the gas station.

On July 29, two days following the robbery, police located clothing believed to have been worn by the suspect in Koziczkowski Park; which is 1,000 feet east of the gas station. Police were able to process a hair on the jacket and seized the clothing as evidence.

Investigators also made contact with Belthem and Nelson. Nelson gave a detective permission to search her vehicle; which matched the description of the suspect vehicle. During the search, the investigators found two cartons of cigarettes. The detective recorded the Wisconsin Tax Stamp number and manufacturer number on the cartons. An agent from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit said based on those numbers he was confident the cartons came from the gas station.

According to court documents, Belthem later admitted to robbing the gas station on July 28. Belthem told police he had two personalities and one of the personalities made him do it.

Belthem is also accused of breaking one of the gas station's windows the night before the robbery.

A sentencing date has been set for March 7.

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UPDATED: Mon 4:47 PM, Aug 26, 2013

A bench warrant has now been issued for the girlfriend of the man accused of robbing the Blue Top Shell Station in Stevens Point last month.

Kianna Nelson, 19, was scheduled to make her initial appearance in Portage County Court Monday for her role in the alleged crime, however she missed her court appearance.

According to the criminal complaint, Nelson was shopping at the convenience store on July 28 when her boyfriend, Vincent Belthem, 27, entered and demanded cash and cigarettes.

Nelson is accused of providing an inaccurate description of Belthem.

The manager at the gas station said Belthem was a former employee and had been fired. He remains behind bars on a $50,000 cash bond.

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UPDATED: Tue 5:49 PM, Aug 13, 2013

The suspect in a Stevens Point gas station robbery last month is former employee, according to court documents.

Vincent Belthem, 27, is charged with robbery with threat of force, resisting an officer, burglary, and criminal damage to property after investigators say he stole money and cigarettes from the Blue Top Shell on Church Street on July 28.

According to court documents, Belthem's girlfriend is also charged in the crime. Kianna Nelson, 19, is expected to be charged with robbery with threat of force and resisting an officer on August 26.

According to an employee working at the time, Nelson was at the gas station at the time of the robbery, and was described as a regular customer. The employee said Nelson had arrived 15 minutes prior to the robbery.

Nelson was interviewed by police as a witness following the incident. She told police the suspect had green eyes, however in Vincent Belthem's booking photo his eyes are brown.

As police were collecting evidence from the scene, Belthem arrived at the gas station on foot and stated he was there because he was told Kianna was there.

The store manager also arrived at the scene and made a statement that she would not be surprised if Belthem was involved in the robbery; earlier stating that he had been fired from the gas station.

On July 29, two days following the robbery, police located clothing believed to have been worn by the suspect in Koziczkowski Park; which is 1,000 feet east of the gas station. Police were able to process a hair on the jacket and seized the clothing as evidence.

Investigators also made contact with Belthem and Nelson. Nelson gave a detective permission to search her vehicle; which matched the description of the suspect vehicle. During the search, the investigators found two cartons of cigarettes. The detective recorded the Wisconsin Tax Stamp number and manufacturer number on the cartons. An agent from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit said based on those numbers he was confident the cartons came from the gas station.

According to court documents, Belthem later admitted to robbing the gas station on July 28. Belthem told police he had two personalities and one of the personalities made him do it.

Belthem is also accused of breaking one of the gas station's windows the night before the robbery.

He remains behind bars on a $50,000 cash bond.

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UPDATE: Wed 9:35 AM, Jul 31, 2013

The Stevens Point Police Department says 27-year-old man is now in custody awaiting charges stemming from a weekend robbery.

The incident happened on Sunday at 9:16 p.m. At the Blue Top Shell on Church Street in Stevens Point.

According to a news release from the department, Vincent Belthem, of Stevens Point, was taken into custody Tuesday. Investigators say Belthem admitted his involvement.

Some of the clothing believed to be worn during the robbery was later discovered by Detectives in a nearby park. Due to evidence, surveillance video and witness statement, Belthem was identified as the suspect.

Police were able to recover some of the money they believe was taken from the gas station.

Police say Belthem also demanded cigarettes during the robbery.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Tue 4:51 AM, Jul 30, 2013

The Stevens Point Police Department said they do have suspect in a weekend gas station robbery, but are reluctant to release a description as the investigation is ongoing.

Sgt. Joe Gruber said officers responded to the Blue Top Shell on Sunday, July 28 at 9:16 p.m. for the report of a robbery.

Sgt. Gruber said the gas station did have surveillance video, however the suspect was wearing a hoodie and concealed his face.

Sgt. Gruber said the suspect did not display a weapon, and no one was injured during the incident.

More information is expected to be released Wednesday morning.


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