Loan agency robbed in Racine, Mt. Pleasant Man charged: Complaint

MOUNT PLEASANT, WI – A Mount Pleasant man is charged with robbing a loan company in Racine Monday morning.

Police were called to Heights Financial on the 1200 block of Lathrop Avenue in Racine around 7:30 a.m. that day, where an employee told them a man had just pulled out a knife and said “you’re going to give away all the money that’s here,” police said in a criminal complaint.

Cedric D Atkins, 47, was charged in Racine County Court on Wednesday with robbery at a financial institution, online records show. If convicted, Atkins could face up to $100,000 in fines and up to 40 years in prison.

The employee told the police that the man knocked on the door of the business before it was opened, and when the employee opened the door, the man asked what time it was and when they opened, according to the complaint. When the employee turned her back on him to look at the clock, the man pushed her aside and forced his way into the business, then he pulled out a knife and demanded money , according to the criminal complaint.

The man asked to be taken to the safe, to which the employee informed the man that there was no safe, but the man insisted and the employee proceeded to open the cash drawers, according to the complaint. Between three drawers, the employee gave the man $145, according to the complaint.

The man told the employee to wait in the back room and count to 50 and took the employee’s phone, and when the suspect left the employee waited and then walked out to try to obtain a license plate, according to the complaint.

According to the complaint, video footage corroborated what the employee told police and investigators were able to trace Atkins as a suspect through the license plate.

Officers questioned Atkins, who initially denied involvement, but during interviews Atkins said he wasn’t going to hurt anyone, that he wasn’t sure how much money he was getting. had taken and when he got home he started throwing everything away. out the window, including cash, according to police in the criminal complaint.

Bernadine J. Perkins