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Spearfish Pizza Ranch robbery suspect pleads not guilty

August 26, 2018

DEADWOOD — A man alleged to have robbed the Spearfish Pizza Ranch at gunpoint July 30 pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing before 4th Circuit Court Judge Michelle Percy at the Lawrence County Courthouse Thursday.

Daniel Orlando Beck, Jr., 19, of Rapid City was indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury Aug. 8 and charged with one count of first-degree robbery for his alleged role in the robbery. He was also charged with one count of grand theft by possession of stolen property, more than $5,000, but less than $100,000, with the victim listed as the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

A juvenile co-defendant has also been charged in the case. The name of that defendant was not released.

Court documents say that at approximately 10:18 p.m. July 30, the Spearfish Police Department received a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Pizza Ranch, located at 2625 E. Colorado Blvd., off Interstate 90’s Exit 14 in Spearfish.

The caller stated that while he was counting the cash drawers at the cashier counter, two male subjects in masks entered the business and demanded the money. One of the male suspects was waving a gun. After taking the cash, which allegedly amounted to $420, the men fled out the front door of Pizza Ranch.

Early on, law enforcement identified a potential suspect vehicle, using video obtained from surrounding businesses. The vehicle was allegedly located in Spearfish, a search warrant on a local residence was obtained and executed, and evidence related to the robbery was seized from that residence. The suspects in the case were also located at the residence.

Two stolen vehicles, one from Spearfish, a white Chevrolet Trail Blazer reported stolen earlier in the day from a repair shop on Heritage Avenue, and one reported stolen earlier in the day by the Rosebud Tribal Police from the Rosebud Reservation, a red Chevrolet pickup, were also recovered.

Both charges against Beck are felonies. Because information alleging prior felony convictions of aggravated eluding June 12 and grand theft June 13, both in Pennington County, has been filed by the state, the penalties in the most recent case are enhanced to the next most serious level.

The first-degree robbery charge is enhanced from a Class 2 to a Class 1 felony, with a punishment of up to 50 years in prison and $50,000 in fines. The grand theft charge is enhanced from a Class 4 to a Class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

Beck is represented by court-appointed attorney Joe Kosel and is scheduled for a non-evidentiary motions hearing Sept. 13.

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