A man wearing a ski mask and a hooded sweatshirt and brandishing a black handgun robbed the Montevideo Casey's General Store on Friday, Nov. 27, at 3:18 a.m.
Thomas Joel Owen Graff, 40, of Milan, is facing felony charges of aggravated robbery in the first degree and assault in the second degree in connection with the Nov. 27 early morning (3:18 a.m.) armed robbery of the Casey’s General Store on South First Street in Montevideo.
On Nov. 28, Tori Ivy-Graff, called the Montevideo Police Department to report that she believed Graff, her soon-to-be ex-husband robbed the Casey’s store.
Ivy-Graff also brought a black Phantom BB gun pistol to police that Graff allegedly used in the armed robbery.
Ivy-Graff told police that Graff usually doesn’t have very much cash on him, but she was with him at the Montevideo Wal-Mart early in the afternoon of Nov. 27 and later at Prairie’s Edge Casino and she observed Graff had a large number of bills in his wallet.
Ivy-Graff asked Graff if he went to the casino on Thanksgiving and won “big” to which Graff replied he had.
Graff told Ivy-Graff they had spent over $200 at the casino. Later, back at her home, Ivy-Graff was looking at her phone and came across the video of the robbery at Casey’s. Ivy-Graff told officer Troy Bruer she felt the man in the video looked like Graff because of the way he walked, stood and the shoes he was wearing. Ivy-Graff also told Bruer that her son knew Graff owned a ski mask resembling the one worn by the robbery suspect on the Casey’s surveillance camera.
Police later determined that Graff had cashed in several small bills for larger bills at the casino.
Graff was seen at Inn Like Flinn’s between midnight and 1 a.m. on Nov. 27.
The MPD determined that more than $1,200 in cash was stolen from Casey’s.
Graff is in custody at the Chippewa County Jail in Montevideo and made his first court appearance on Dec. 3.
Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 or at $10,000 under certain conditions.