Police Charge Man With Theft After Snatching Another Man's False Teeth

A man accused of snatching another man's false teeth straight from his mouth during a fight has been charged with robbery.

Robert Henry Stahl, 62, was charged Thursday in Delaware Circuit Court with felony robbery and battery causing bodily injury, a misdemeanor. If convicted of robbery, he could face two to eight years in prison.

Billie Townsend, 56, told police that he went to a bar on July 27 to pay Stahl money he owed him, when Stahl asked him outside and started punching him repeatedly.

During the fight, Stahl allegedly put Townsend in a headlock and removed his false teeth. "He said, 'You ain't getting these back,"' Townsend told police.

Stahl was not present at Thursday's hearing and the prosecutor did not seek a warrant for his arrest. Another hearing was scheduled for Oct. 22.

Stahl had no number in published listings for Yorktown or Muncie and he could not be reached for comment Friday. Police and prosecutors said they did not know if Stahl had retained an attorney.