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A Racine man is being held on a $50,000 cash bond after he robbed a couple at gunpoint on Wednesday that owned a gas station in Racine.

Vanshay McMorris, 30, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with armed robbery. If convicted of the charge, McMorris faces up to 40 years in prison and/or fines up to $100,000.

According to the criminal complaint, offers with the Racine Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at 6:24 a.m. Wednesday at a Citgo gas station. 2240 Northwestern Ave. The owners of the store told police that he was counting money when McMorris came into the store. He drew a black semi-automatic pistol from the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt.

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Pointing the gun at the owners, McMorris opened the window that separated the employee area and the rest of the store and jumped over the counter. He took a cigar box that contained almost $2,500. When McMorris left the area, he fell as he was jumping over the counter.

A plastic piece that covered the area where the magazine is inserted was found on the floor of the gas station.  When evidence technicians swabbed the piece for DNA, it matched the DNA profile of McMorris.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Feb. 8.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.