On Tuesday morning, August 30, 2016, Redding police officers prevented a robbery from occurring at a local check cashing business in Redding.
At approximately 8:10 AM, Traffic Officer Bryan Cowan, observed a suspicious person driving a white 1990’s model Ford pickup near the intersection of Bechelli Lane and Cypress Avenue. The vehicle did not have any license plates and the driver was wearing a costume mask. Officer Cowan observed the vehicle park in the area of Northstate Check Exchange located at 2555 Bechelli Lane and noticed the driver was acting suspicious.
Officer Cowan and Officer Nick Weaver contacted the driver of the vehicle and he was identified as Michael Scott Skinner, 57 years of Redding. Skinner had an active warrant for his arrest and was driving on a suspended California driver’s license. Upon further investigation, Officers found in Skinner’s vehicle, a replica handgun that had been altered to look more like a real firearm, rubber gloves, a large suit jacket, and a hat designed to fit over the mask Skinner had been wearing. The license plates to the truck had been removed and were inside of the vehicle.
During questioning, Skinner admitted to planning an armed robbery at the Northstate Check Exchange prior to officers stopping him. Last week, Skinner attempted to pass a fictitious check at the business and was caught; so in retaliation, he said he was going back to rob the business.
Skinner was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for attempted robbery, altering a replica firearm, driving on suspended license, and a misdemeanor warrant. His bail is set at $55,000.