P.O. robber sentenced
by Courtney Warren
Feb 19, 2014 | 3286 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A man has been sentenced for the Winstonville Post Office robbery, which happened in December 2012.

Albert Lee Holmes, 50, of Mound Bayou was indicted by a federal grand jury in Oxford for armed robbery and theft of a money order imprinter.

Holmes was arrested by the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department on a federal warrant on Jan. 28 and is being held at the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility.

According to a press release from the sheriff's department, "The Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department has been advised that Albert Holmes has been sentenced to 63 months in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release for the December 2012 robbery of the Winstonville Post Office … Following a joint investigation with the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department and Federal Postal Agents, 51-year-old Holmes was arrested and charged on Jan. 28, 2013. Holmes appeared in federal court for sentencing on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014."

On Dec. 12, 2012, the sheriff’s department received a report of a robbery at the Winstonville Post Office.

The incident began around 2:45 p.m. when the clerk called 911 and reported the robbery.

When deputies from the sheriff's department arrived on scene, the victim provided them with a detailed report of what happened and a description of her assailant.

"The clerk stated that a black male between 5'5" and 5'9" tall and wearing a light blue sweatshirt and black pants entered the post office with a hood over his head and a bandanna covering his face," said Chief Deputy Gerald Wesley Jr., shortly after the incident. "The clerk also stated that the man pulled a knife."

The victim said the suspect tied her up with rope and duct-taped her mouth while demanding her to lie on the floor.

"The suspect fled on foot after the robbery," said Williams during a press conference in February 2013. "The Cleveland Police Department K9 Unit and the Bolivar County K9 Unit tracked the scent of the suspect to an undisclosed residence in Winstonville.

“Thanks to the K9 units we were able to narrow our search down to one suspect in just two days," said Williams.

Holmes took with him a money order machine, a small amount of cash and three pre-printed money orders.