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Police investigating two violent burglaries

ALBANY, Ga. -- Four burglars used a shotgun to rob a residence Thursday while another thief used a knife at a different location Wednesday, Albany Police Department reports stated.

Albany police responded to an armed-robbery call on the 1300 block of East Residence Avenue at about 2 a.m. Thursday. They found two uninjured robbery victims and a ransacked home, the report said.

"The victims -- Mark Baker, 45, and his sister-in-law, Barbara Greer, 42 -- stated that four black males entered their home," said APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks. "One of the suspects held them at gunpoint with a shotgun while the others ransacked their home."

The robbers fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash, food and cigarettes, Banks said.

"The suspects are 18 to 20 years of age," she added. "One suspect was wearing a red shirt and jeans. He had long dreads and appeared cross-eyed."

James Anthony Williams fought off a knife-wielding robber before 7:10 p.m. at his residence on the 3800 block of Mayfair Lane Wednesday, according to a police report.

"Williams said that when he entered his home he heard a noise," Banks said. "He walked toward the noise and was then confronted by a white male armed with a knife."

While he fought off his attacker, Williams, 32, suffered minor injuries. The suspect fled the scene, Banks said.

The suspect description states that he wore blue jeans, a polo-style shirt, gloves and a stocking cap covering his face.

Anyone with additional information should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or (229) 431-3288. The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.