Duo charged with post office holdup

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 10:58 p.m.
The case of a female robber who hit the LaCrosse post office last year had shocked some residents of the Alachua County town.
Who, they wondered, would expect anything like an armed robbery in the town of about 150 people? Add that it happened at a post office and was committed by a woman, rare facts in robbery statistics.
The unconventional robbery made investigators think they might, eventually, get information about a suspect. They were right.
A tip led investigators to Donna Lynn Wilson, 46, of Trenton, who was charged Wednesday with the July 21 robbery of the post office, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office reported. Also arrested and charged with armed robbery was her cousin, Lawrence Brian Davis, 36.
Investigators accused Davis of driving Wilson to and from the post office the day of the holdup.
"The thing was sort of doomed from the start," said Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Keith Faulk. Not only did officers get a tip that led them to Wilson, "the getaway driver lives in the area," he said.
Davis is listed as a LaCrosse resident. The robbery occurred shortly after noon last year when a woman, wearing a blue bandanna around her mouth, entered the building and pointed a gun at the postal clerk. About $200 was stolen from the post office, according to an arrest report.
Investigators interviewed Wilson at her home Tuesday and said she admitted to the crime, showing them where she had put the gun used in the robbery. Wilson, who also told officers she was willing to make restitution, turned herself in at the Sheriff's Office the next day.
Based on her cooperation with authorities and because she has pending medical problems, officers had arranged with Wilson that she would surrender instead of being immediately arrested, Faulk said.
Davis told officers he received part of the stolen money and used it to finance a drug addiction, his arrest report states.
Both were being held at the Alachua County jail Wednesday without bond pending a court appearance scheduled for today.
Federal charges are likely in the case, Faulk said.
Lise Fisher can be reached at (352) 374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com.

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