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Armed robbery, burglaries keep APD on the move

ALBANY, Ga. -- Armed men robbed one man in the early hours Tuesday and others fled from a resident just after noon in a botched burglary, stated Albany Police Department reports. No injuries were reported in the cases.

Four masked men entered 18-year-old Christopher Williams' apartment through a back window on the 2600 block of Erica Court at 4:40 a.m., the report stated. One man held Williams at gunpoint while the other three went through his belongings, the report added.

"An undetermined amount of cash, a flat-screen television and clothing were taken," said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. "The case remains active and has been turned over to the Criminal Investigations Bureau."

Stephanie Minix returned home just in time to surprise burglars in her residence on the 2400 block of Pheasant Drive, stated a police report. Police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at 12:07 p.m. the report added.

"When they arrived, Stephanie Minix told officers she returned home and heard a noise inside her home," Banks said. "When the suspects realized she was inside, they fled the scene."

Police patrol cars drove through the area looking for suspects, while the Dougherty County Police Department K-9 Unit's dog, Goliath, and his handler Cpl. Bob James tried to pick up any trail through the nearby woods the suspects may have taken.

As of 6 p.m. all searches proved negative, Banks said.

One of the suspects is about 5 foot, 7 inches tall, of medium build and of medium complexion, Banks said. He was seen wearing a gray polo shirt, long, black baggy shorts and black tennis shoes, she added.

In another case, thieves stole about $600 worth of copper from Dukes Edwards & Dukes, general contractors, on the 900 block of West Highland Avenue, a police report stated.

The theft occurred sometime after 3 p.m. June 14 and 8 a.m. June 16, the report continued. The victim, Winfred Dukes, said he was out of town and just reported the theft Tuesday.

Blaming drug addicts for burglaries and thefts in the city, Dukes said he planned on heightening security at his business.

"Anyone can make a living here in Albany. You just can't make a living and afford drug addiction," Dukes said. "I'm going to install video cameras all around."

The theft of metal is not just seasonal in the city, a police official said.

"Overall this is an ongoing problem and we see an increase in the summer due to the air conditioner thefts," said David Sparks, Albany police crime analyst.