Convicted bank robber sentenced; 3 years for the crime of 2019

A Milwaukee County judge sentenced Cudahy’s Brian Whiting on Thursday, Feb. 17, to three years in prison and another three years of extended supervision in connection with bank robberies that took place in September 2019.

Whiting faced two charges of robbery at a financial institution. In November 2021, Whiting pleaded guilty to one of those charges. The other was dismissed and read into the court record for sentencing purposes.

Case Details

According to the criminal complaint, on Thursday, September 12, officers responded to a report of a bank robbery at the associated bank located on Kinnickinnic Avenue in St. Francis.

Upon arrival, officers encountered a bank employee who reported that a man, later identified as Brian Whiting, approached his teller and placed a card on the counter that read: “100 net , count them, no one will be hurt”. Reading the note, Whiting reportedly whispered “seriously.”

Suspected bank robbery associated with Saint-François

According to the complaint, the bank teller told police she took ten $100 bills from her ledger, counted them individually, and placed them on the counter. Whiting would have grabbed the money, the slip and left.

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On September 16, Milwaukee police were dispatched to a bank robbery at the Tri City National Bank located on 27th Street near Holt Avenue.

Upon arrival, police encountered a bank clerk who indicated that a man, later identified as Whiting, had passed a note under the glass partition that read “put $1,000 in the bag.” The cashier complied with the note.

According to the complaint, the cashier told police she took a security device and a stack of “bait tickets” and placed them in the bag. Whiting took the bag and fled.

Information on the suspect was released to MPD agents. As he walked toward the bank, an officer observed a man near 27th and Oklahoma matching the suspect’s description. The suspect, identified as Whiting, was on a bicycle. He was taken into custody.

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A search of Whiting revealed a white plastic bag containing U.S. currency, including specific bait money with serial numbers recorded, along with a note that read “put $1,000 in the bag” and the safety device.

The total amount recovered was $1,486.