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Heartless Robbery

Updated: Monday, May 19 2014, 05:13 PM CDT

From theft to murder, crime is one of life's heartless acts.

Now, one person has taken it a step further, allegedly stealing from a man in the midst of a heart attack. And the crime was all caught on tape.

FOX's Rebecca Roberts brings us the details on the medical emergency that became another's chance at a quick buck.

For Larry Lotter, it was a sudden and terrifying experience.

"I felt fine, and then all at once, I took a drink of my beer and I felt a real sharp pain, like someone sticking an ice pick in my chest."

Larry hit the floor, friends called 911 and quickly gathered around him to help. Bryan Kuegler, with the dark hair and solid white shirts, also hovered and appeared to be concerned. But the reality was far from it.

"As the EMTs were getting ready to come in, is when he reached down and grabbed my wallet and stuck it in his pants."

"Ant then as the victim left the establishment, he went into the restroom, returned, threw the victim's wallet on the floor."

But not before taking $100. And if that weren't bad enough...

"He tried to buy the girl that Larry was with that day a drink with the money he took."

The heart attack was luckily a false alarm and thanks to the crystal clear surveillance, Lotter was quickly able to identify the suspect. He happened to put brakes on Kuegler's car just over a month ago.

"Read shocked. The night I went home, I could hardly sleep because it bothered me so bad."

"He was trying to play 'Good Samaritan' then turned around and ripped the guy off at the same time. I was shocked, I couldn't believe someone would do something like that."

Now, Kuegler is behind bars in Madison County, charged with felony theft from person. If convicted, he'll likely serve 2-5 years in prison.

"Rarely have I seen somebody literally steal from what they believe to be a dying man. It's pretty pathetic."

"That's where he belongs. I hope he gets a long time out of it, honestly."

Heartless Robbery


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