Armed robber, burglars make for busy APD shifts

ALBANY, Ga. -- It was a night and early morning that sent police after an armed robber and heavy-handed burglars, Albany Police Department reports show.

An armed man walked into Johnny Carino's Italian Restaurant about 10:44 p.m. Monday and demanded money, a police report stated. No accurate description of the weapon was available from police reports.

The man ran away with an undetermined amount of money, the report added.

John Dykes, restaurant manager, told police the robber was a black man who was about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and who weighed 120-140 pounds. The suspected robber wore a blue or dark color shirt, a bandanna, sunglasses and a dark baseball cap.

Two store break-ins early Tuesday morning left holes broken through walls by burglars, business owners said.

At the Coachman Park Grocery, 1608 S. Jefferson St., thieves put a hole in the concrete block wall about 3:30 a.m. with a sledge hammer, said Kary Porter, the convenience store owner.

"You could get a 175-pound man through that hole easy," Porter said. "They took cigars, cigarettes, a .38-caliber pistol and $500."

The thieves also grabbed a few six-packs of beer, a case of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and an armful of EZ-Wider rolling papers, Porter added.

"We got back about 11 cans of beer," Porter said, "And most of the papers. I'm thinking of getting out of the business."

Thieves hit the Bio Buzz, a herb, candle, incense and rock band memorabilia store at 612 N. Slappey Blvd., about 5:14 a.m. Tuesday. Police reports did not say whether the break-ins were related.

"They broke in through the back wood and panel wall," said Stephen Bradford, store owner. "They didn't take anything, but left a mess. The wall is repaired and we are open for business."

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

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