Wisconsin man allegedly tells police he robbed bank to avoid going to jail

Jesse Sweeter allegedly robbed a bank to get cash for court fees.
By Evan Bleier  |  July 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM
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RICE LAKE, Wis., July 23 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin man allegedly told police that he had an interesting reason for robbing a bank.

According to Eau Claire County Court records, Jesse Sweeter said that he robbed a Rice Lake bank so he could afford to pay his court fees and avoid going to jail.

After a male suspect robbed Sterling Bank and left with an undisclosed amount of money, Sweeter was apprehended with a bag that contained money and a handgun.

Following his arrest, he told authorities the motive for the robbery "was to get money to pay off court obligations in lieu of returning to jail."

Sweeter was also possibly involved with the armed robberies of three Eau Claire convenience stores.

Two other men, 22-year-old Kyle Langner and 25-year-old Ricky White, were arrested in connection with those robberies, the Leader-Telegram reported.

No one was harmed in any of the crimes and it is expected that all three men will be charged with armed robbery and/or being party to the crime of armed robbery, although they may not all have been involved with each one of the crimes.

"Piecing all of this together still will take a little time," Eau Claire police Lt. Derek Thomas said after the arrests were made.

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