A Burlington man is facing second-degree robbery and burglary charges in connection with a bizarre incident early Tuesday morning.

Robert Nicholas Benacka, 43, 2901 Market St., was arrested at his residence about 5:15 a.m. Tuesday after police viewed surveillance video of Benacka demanding money from a cashier at the Circle K, 333 N. Roosevelt Ave., and then leaving the area in a taxi.

After contacting the cab company, Burlington officers went to Benacka's residence, where they found him inside. Following a brief conversation, Benacka was arrested and transported to the Des Moines County jail, where he awaited his video court appearance on robbery and burglary charges.

During his first appearance Tuesday, Benacka's bond was set at $30,000 cash only. District Associate Judge Clinton Boddicker ordered him to next appear in court with his public defender July 20.

If convicted, Benacka faces up to 20 years in prison on the two class C felonies.

According to documents unsealed Tuesday, the incident began about 4 a.m. when officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2100 block of Burlington Avenue on the report of a burglary in progress.

The residents, who are in their 80s, told dispatchers a "white male wearing a white shirt and black shorts entered their residence and was looking through their dresser drawers."

As officers were arriving on the scene, they saw a white male leave through the back door of the residence and was last seen running between houses, court records state.

"Upon speaking with the victims (of the residential burglary), they stated the subject (Benacka) had come to their house on Sunday asking for money," court records state.

While officers were searching the area for the suspect, dispatchers learned a robbery was in progress at the Circle K, 339 Roosevelt Ave. court records indicate.

Officers responded to the convenience store, where they were met by a store clerk.

"The clerk described the suspect being a white male with salt and pepper hair, a big head, bad teeth and being approximately 6-foot, three-inches tall," court records state. "The clerk stated the suspect was wearing a white shirt and black shorts."

It was the same description the residents of the home invasion had reported to police minutes earlier.

"The cashier told police Benacka told her: 'I hate to do this to you, but give me three $20 bills,'" court records state, indicating Benacka told her he had something in his pocket. "The cashier told him she only had two $20 bills and Benacka told her to give him the two $20s and two $10s or he would take (a gun) out of his pocket ... the cashier gave him the money and he left the store."

Investigators say Benacke never displayed a weapon during either incident.

During the investigation, officers watched surveillance video of the robbery.

"After watching the video of the incident at Circle K, officers observed Benacka get into a taxi," court records state. "Officers contacted the taxi company, who advised Benacka had been dropped off at his residence at 2901 Market St."

Officers went to the Market Street address, where they located Benacka. When officers asked to speak with him, he suggested they go outside.

"When officers asked Benacka what had taken place tonight (Tuesday morning), Benacka stated a subject had come to his house about a debt he owed. Benacka stated he then took a cab ride to the 2100 block of Burlington Avenue," according to court records.

"Benacka said he went to the residence and the resident saw him at the back door. Benacka stated the man yelled at him about being there at that time of the morning. Benacka stated he went to the residence and was looking through the dresser drawers searching for contact lens solution."

He told police he left the residence after being confronted by the occupant, got back into the cab, which then took him to the Circle K.

"Benacka stated he went into Circle K and kept his hands in his pockets. He said he did not have any weapons on him, but attempted to make it appear he did by keeping his hands in his pockets," court documents indicate."

After getting the $60 from the clerk, Benacka told police he took the cab to his residence, where he paid the cab driver with one of the $20 bills he had stolen.

He was arrested at that point and transported to the county jail, where he remained late Tuesday.