Man robs strip club, takes $22K in $1 bills from safe

PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – Police are investigating after a man robbed a Providence strip club at gunpoint Monday afternoon.

Courtesy: Cadillac Lounge

Cadillac Lounge manager Ed Imondi was counting money in his office as he prepared to open the strip club when the suspect walked in and pointed a gun at his head.

“At first, I thought it was a joke,” he recalled. “He said, ‘This is a robbery.’ I said that?’ and he said, ‘I’m going to rob the place.’”

Imondi said she had one of the club’s two safes open and approximately $3,500 in her hand at the time, which the man took.

The man then demanded that Imondi open the other safe, which contained $22,000 in $1 bills.

“He took all of them, I could hear him piling them up in the big bag he had,” Imondi recalled. “Obviously he knew we had a lot of money there.”

“He carried the bag and said, ‘That’s it, don’t turn around. I’m leaving,’” she continued.

The man then left the club through a back door, jumped over a fence and ran across nearby train tracks, according to Imondi.

Imondi said the suspect knew the layout of the building, including the safe that had the most money inside.

That’s one of the reasons he and owner Dick Shappy believe it may have been an inside job.

“Why wouldn’t you mind? [safe] What do I already have open? You can see there is money there,” Imondi said. “He said, ‘No, he’s not that sure. I want the money that’s in that. … What does that tell you? Does anyone know something here.

Police detained a person of interest at a nearby Walgreens a couple of hours after the robbery. So far, no charges have been filed.

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