Alleged hammer-wielding robber pleads not guilty

Gary D. Perry (Photo courtesy Appleton Police Dept.)

APPLETON (WLUK) – A man charged with breaking into an Appleton bar and robbing a Kimberly gas station armed with a knife and hammer pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

A July 25 trial date was set for Gary Perry, 55, on three charges: armed robbery, armed burglary and aggravated battery.

Police say their investigation started March 5 with the report of a burglary at the Wishing Well, 2709 E. Newberry St., Appleton. The burglar broke in and destroyed several gambling machines. Surveillance video showed him using a hammer.

Then, on April 9, a man robbed the BP gas station, 730 W. Kimberly Ave., in Kimberly. During the robbery, the station's clerk was hit with a hammer and taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Appleton and Fox Valley Metro police say they used evidence at both scenes as well as tips from the public to determine Perry was responsible for both crimes.

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