RACINE — A former Starbucks manager is in hot water after allegedly stealing nearly $38,000 from her previous employer.

Carlin R. Cook, 29, of the 3700 block of 15th Street in Kenosha, is charged with felony theft in a business setting over $10,000.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Starbucks regional asset protection manager contacted the Racine Police Department on June 8 about bank deposits missing from Starbucks, 2805 S. Green Bay Road. The manager had discovered 25 missing deposits between March 2 and May 16, totaling $37,896.24.

The manager contacted Dunbar Armored, which collects the store’s deposits. The company said they received “various excuses as to why a deposit was not ready or why it was not picked up” on each of those occasions.

Cook, a store manager, was identified as a possible suspect. She allegedly worked on 11 of the 18 days deposits were missing. Cook was also reportedly seen on surveillance video taking a deposit bag on at least one occasion.

On June 12, the manager contacted police and told them Cook allegedly confessed to taking money from the store.

Police spoke with Cook, who reportedly admitted to taking deposits from the store, but denied taking all of them. She could not tell police how many deposits she took, but agreed it was more than five.

Cook told police she took the money because was having financial difficulties, including $80,000 in student loans and $5,000 in credit card debt.

A preliminary hearing for Cook is scheduled on Dec. 6 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.

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