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NEW: Sparta police release identities of armed robbery suspects

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Sparta, WI (WXOW) - NEW INFORMATION: Sparta Police on Wednesday released the names of three people taken into custody for their roles in an armed robbery earlier this month.

Chief David Kuderer said that 27-year-old David C. Walton, 27-year-old Cody D. Nelson, and 23-year-old Courtney L. Stalsberg, all of Sparta, were booked into the Monroe County Jail Wednesday. They are accused of taking thousands of dollars along with personal goods in a June 11 hold up of the Wayside Tavern.

The Monroe County Joint Investigative Task Force consisting of Sparta, Tomah and Monroe County Officers helped the Sparta Police Department complete the investigation by using surveillance video and tips from Sparta citizens. 

Chief Kuderer said, "There were a lot of hours put into the investigating and talking. So as they say, we did have a lot of help from Monroe County, and Sparta and Tomah officers that worked together real good, in following up on a lot of the leads."

Chief Kuderer said that the three are scheduled for a court hearing Thursday afternoon.

He also said that investigators recovered most of the money taken in the robbery along with the weapon used in the incident.

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Three people were arrested by Sparta police in connection with an armed robbery.

Police said it happened on Thursday at the Wayside Tavern on West Wisconsin Street, where a suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from an employee.

He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

In a press release Sunday Sparta police said they have identified four suspects in connection with that robbery and three are in custody.

Police said the investigation is on going and further charges are pending.

They are not releasing the names of the suspects at this time.

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The Sparta Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Wayside Tavern on West Wisconsin Street in the City of Sparta just before 11 o'clock Thursday night.The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from an employee of the tavern. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money prior to the police being notified.

He's described as a black male, approximately 6' tall, 190 lbs and average build. He was last seen wearing a mask over his face, such as a bandana, a camouflage jacket, and a light-colored ball cap with a dark-colored brim. No one inside the tavern was injured.

The Sparta Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Monroe County Communications Center.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Sparta Police Department at (608) 269-3122 or Monroe County Crime Stoppers at (608) 269-STOP. The incident remains under investigation.
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