MPD arrests armed robber, getaway driver in robberies spree

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- A woman and her getaway driver have been arrested in connection to a series of robberies and attempted robberies in Madison.

Stephanie N. Crawford and August P. Piniontons

Joel Despain, a spokesperson with the Madison Police Department said 40-year-old Stephanie N. Crawford of Madison has been arrested along with her getaway driver, 61-year-old August P. Piniontons of Madison. Crawford was found to have crack cocaine in her possession at the time she was taken into custody.

Despain said officers were called to the Bottle Stop Liquors in the 2700 block of East Washington Avenue just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday after a woman attempted to rob the business. She was armed with a gun, but took off empty-handed after an employee said they didn’t have what she was looking for which was money and cigarettes.

Despain said the woman got into a getaway car which was driven by a man. Officers spotted the car, and they pulled it over on Johnson Street. The man and woman were then detained.

Madison police said they believe the woman is responsible for several robberies and attempted robberies Tuesday night and early
Wednesday morning all on the same road.

Police said she first went to the Tobacco Deals store on E. Washington Avenue just after 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. When she went inside the store, she demanded money from the clerk while displaying a black handgun. The clerk gave her a carton of cigarettes and some cash before she ran away.

Then, just after 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, police believe the same woman also attempted to rob the BP gas station and Mobil gas station. She then robbed the Walgreen's all on E. Washington Avenue.

Crawford was arrested in connection with the series or robberies and attempted robberies. Piniontons was arrested for being a party to the crime of armed robbery.