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Mayville man sentenced to prison for robbing gas station

February 1, 2019

JUNEAU — A 39-year-old Mayville man was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for robbing a Mayville gas station.

Paul J. Lehmann Jr. was found guilty Nov. 6 of theft and robbery with a threat of force. Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer sentenced Lehman to five years of initial incarceration and 7½ years of an extended sentence. In addition, he must pay restitution and court fees.

According to a criminal complaint, Mayville police responded to the Shell station, 783 N. Main St., at 6:30 p.m. on May 10, 2018, after receiving a report of a man in a black leather jacket and helmet who demanded money. The man did not show a firearm, but allegedly threatened the clerk with one.

The man later identified as Lehmann entered the store and took a soda out of the cooler before going to the front counter and placing it on the counter. The cashier said he was focused on ringing up the soda, but he quickly realized that the store was being robbed after Lehmann put his hand near his waist and told the clerk he had a gun while demanding for him to open the cash register.

The clerk told Lehmann to pull out the gun if he had it. According to the criminal complaint, Lehmann did not respond to the clerk but walked out the store and began running after he left. The clerk saw Lehmann leave on a blue and white sports motorcycle.

Police began a neighborhood canvass. A Dodge County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived and located the motorcycle on Allen Street in Mayville. The registered owner was a woman, but the deputy spoke to people who said that both a man and a woman drove it. Police went to the home of the registered owner and Lehmann answered the door.

Lehmann was asked if he had ridden the motorcycle, because the engine was warm. Lehmann said he rode it in the morning.

Lehmann matched the description of the man who robbed the gas station. Police asked him if he had robbed the station, and he admitted that he did. However, he told the officer that he did not own a gun.

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