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Spearfish Pizza Ranch robbery defendant pleads guilty

November 17, 2018

DEADWOOD — A defendant who allegedly robbed the Spearfish Pizza Ranch at gunpoint July 30 pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree robbery 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, the victim listed as Pizza Ranch in Spearfish; and one count of grand theft by possession of stolen property, more than $5,000, but less than $100,000, the victim listed as the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

In exchange for the guilty plea, the grand theft charge, petty theft, and other information that would enhance penalties in the case were dismissed.

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 Pizza Ranch, located at 2625 E. Colorado Blvd., off Interstate 90’s Exit 14 in Spearfish.

While the robbery victim 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 stealing $420 in cash, the men fled out the front door of Pizza Ranch.

Law enforcement was able to identify a potential suspect vehicle, using video obtained from surrounding businesses. The vehicle was located in Spearfish, a search warrant on a local residence obtained and executed, and evidence related to the robbery seized from that residence. The suspects in the case were also located at this Spearfish residence, 3005 Eighth Ave. #6.

A juvenile co-defendant was also charged in the case.

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.

First-degree robbery is a Class 2 felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.

Beck is represented by court-appointed attorney Joe Kosel and is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Jan. 10.

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