(Beaver Dam) Two Marshall men made their initial appearance in a Dodge County Courtroom Thursday on charges they robbed the Beaver Dam Menards. David Seely is facing felony Robbery with Threat of Force and Retail Theft while Lucas Thruman is facing the same chargers but as a Party to a Crime.
On April 16, Seely allegedly exited Menards with a cart that contained approximately $2,000 dollars’ worth of hardware tools. He was confronted by staff and bystanders who reportedly told police that Seely displayed what appeared to be a Taser gun and told them to back away. Seely entered Thruman’s vehicle who allegedly served as the getaway driver. While authorities searched the online databases EZPAWN and leadsonline.com, they allegedly found the stolen items that were tied to transactions under the suspect’s names. Surveillance footage also captured the license plate of the getaway vehicle. The two were taken into custody after the car was spotted in a hotel parking lot in Fond du Lac.
In talking with investigators, Seely reportedly admitted to the crime but denied brandishing a weapon and said (quote), “it could have been a wallet or a hat.” If convicted, both face up to 18-and-a-half years in prison. Cash bond was set at $200 dollars with the condition that neither defendant step foot on the Beaver Dam Menards premises. The 38-year-old Seely has a preliminary hearing scheduled in June while the 29-year-old Thruman has one scheduled later this month.
Pictured above from left to right: David Seely and Lucas Thruman