3 arrested in robbery, burglary of bakery

Published: Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 9:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 9:53 p.m.

Two people were arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office Friday in connection with the May robbery of the Flour Pot bakery in the Tioga Town Center shopping plaza that was set up by an employee, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Charged with robbery with a firearm was Jasper Edward Neats, 30, of 8932 SW 46th Ave., Gainesville; and Mary Elizabeth Arnold, 31, of Jacksonville.

The arrest of Arnold on charges of criminal mischief, burglary and grand theft involving a separate burglary of a business led to the robbery charges against her and Neats, according to arrest reports.

The robbery occurred May 8 just after the bakery had closed. A man came in with a rifle, ordered the employees to put their phones down, demanded money and fled with about $300.

On Wednesday, authorities arrested Flour Pot employee Victoria Coggins, 29, of Newberry in connection with a July 3 burglary of the business.

On Thursday, Arnold was arrested on the burglary charge and she told investigators about the robbery case. The report states she told authorities that Neats, her boyfriend, robbed the employees and she drove the getaway car.

The report also states that Arnold said Coggins was at the bakery at the time of the robbery and helped set it up by leaving the back door open.

Additional charges may be forthcoming, the Sheriff's Office reported.

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