Three arrests made in Cash King robbery on Hwy. 16
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:26 AM
What first appeared to be an armed robbery of a DeKalb business earlier this month turned out to be something different.
DeKalb police officers Cadre Hampton, Charles Barrett, Andy McDade and Steven Jackson go over the details of the Cash King case.
After weeks of investigation, DeKalb Chief of Police Steven Jackson said what was first thought to be an armed robbery of the Cash King on Highway 16 in DeKalb, was actually an elaborate hoax.
"It was not an armed robbery at all," Jackson said. "It appears to be an inside job to cover up a possible embezzlement. When we took everything into consideration, things just didn't add up."
Kathy Wooten, the employee on duty who reported the robbery of the Cash King, has been charged with grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny and false pretense. She was arrested on Jan. 19 and has been released on $225,000 bond.
Jackson said that Wooten apparently staged the robbery by having Christon Gordon come into the building to give the appearance of a hold-up.
After calling her home office to let them know she had been robbed, Jackson said she then called 911.
"The time line just didn't add up after we looked at the physical evidence and tried to match it up with the eye witness accounts," he said.
Jackson said the department received a tip leading them to Gordon. After interviewing the suspect, they were informed that he had gone to the Wal-Mart in Philadelphia. Detective Cadre Hampton then went to the store and was able to view video tapes which showed Gordon at the store with Nina Cherry Grady.
Jackson said Grady was called into the police department for an interview and that is when the case began to add up.
"At that point it took a turn toward the direction it needed to go," he said. "Based off her sworn statement, and Christon Gordon's statement, combined with the physical evidence that we found at the scene we were able to put it together.
"It became obvious that it was an inside embezzlement plot or something of that manner," he said. "It was an effort (to take) money from that business."
Gordon was arrest on Jan. 19 and charged with grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny and was released on $100,000 bond. Grady was arrested on Jan. 23 and released on $10,000 bond.
Jackson pointed to the outstanding work of Major Charles Barrett, Sgt. Andy McDade and Detective Hampton in solving the case.
"We just want to reassure the citizens of DeKalb that we are on the job and we are not going to stop investigating crimes," he said. "We want to find these people and bring them to justice."