A 34-year-old Racine man has been charged in connection with robbing two Family Dollar stores and Bohl Automotive on the same day to feed a drug habit, according to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office
Travail Wilson, 34, of Racine, was charged with three counts of armed robbery with threat of force. If convicted of the charges, Wilson faces up to 120 years in prison and/or fined up to $300,000.
According to the criminal complaint, Wilson robbed two different Family Dollar Stores, 3701 Durand Ave. and 3919 Washington Ave., and Bohl Automotive, 2525 Douglas Ave. on Jan. 2.
Because Wilson has had several prior convictions over the years, Racine Police were able to match the suspect in the surveillance video with an in-house mugshot of Wilson.
Officers also found Wilson’s Facebook page, which showed that not too long after the first Family Dollar was robbed, he posted: “My life is over OMG.” When police searched for Wilson at his girlfriend’s home on Jan. 3, he also posted on Facebook that police went to the wrong home.
After he was taken into custody on Jan. 12, he told police that he used the money from the first robbery to buy crack cocaine, “but that wasn’t enough so he robbed the second Family Dollar store.” Hiding a cell phone under his shirt to make it look like he had a gun, Wilson robbed the second Family Dollar store and then bought more crack. After using again, he robbed Bohl Automotive and bought more crack to use.
Wilson is being held on a $25,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 22 in front of Racine County Felony Court Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz.