2 teens in custody in connection to armed robbery at Rudolph gas station

The gun used in the incident was determined to be an air-soft-type pistol and was later recovered
Published: Aug. 15, 2023 at 9:23 AM CDT
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RUDOLPH, Wis. (WSAW) - Two teens are in custody in connection to an armed robbery at a Rudolph gas station Monday night.

“It’s a serious situation. Almost 1000 dollars was taken and a lot of vaping materials,” said Wood County Sherriff Shawn Becker.

According to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a report of an armed robbery at the R-Store on Hwy 13/34 in the village of Rudolph just after 7 p.m. Monday. Initial reports indicated two teenage boys entered the store with hoods over their heads in an attempt to conceal their identities. One of the boys showed a black handgun and they both left the store with an undetermined amount of cash and vaping materials. No injuries were reported.

“It has happened in the past but it’s not something that’s being reported every week or every day. It’s pretty rare that we have a situation come up that’s an armed robbery situation,” said Sherriff Becker.

After several interviews with people in the area of the robbery, investigators arrested a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy. The suspects were transported to an area juvenile detention facility. The gun used in the incident was determined to be an air-soft-type pistol and was later recovered. Neither the police nor the clerk working knew that the gun wasn’t real.

“If you look at any of those stores you can purchase them at, they all look real. Some squirt guns look real. That’s the challenge for law enforcement when we deal with situations like this,” said Sherriff Becker.

As far as Sherriff Becker was aware, there was no one else inside the store at the time of the incident except the clerk.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this investigation by the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department and the Wood County Dispatch Center. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the community for reaching out through social media, Wood County dispatch and Crimestoppers with information about the investigation. They say that information was essential in identifying the individuals responsible.

“Whether it’s social media or any other avenues out there that we can get that information out. We appreciate the support. We’ve found that social media has been something that has been very helpful where we can get that information out. And people are paying attention to that,” said Sherriff becker.