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Armed robberies, foot chases keep APD busy

ALBANY, Ga. -- Two women reported robbers pointing guns, and several men were caught running from probable burglary scenes as Albany Police Department officers responded to different calls for help Thursday. The crimes started at 4 a.m. when an inebriated woman called police, police spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said.

Officers drove to 2503 Leonard Ave. in response to a call about an armed robbery from Teresa Zanders, no age given, a report stated.

"Upon their arrival, the victim (Zanders) reported that she got a ride on East Residence Avenue with the two suspects," Banks said. "The suspects pulled out guns and demanded her cell phone. After obtaining the cell phone, they made her exit the car. The suspects fled the scene before police arrived."

An hour later in an unrelated holdup, a man armed with a handgun kicked in the side door of a residence on the 2400 block of Clarke Avenue. Bonnie Moore, 40, was asleep and woke to find the gunman demanding money, a police report stated. The robber took an unknown amount of money and ran. No injuries were reported.

Responding to a possible burglary at about 1 p.m. on the 700 block of Georgetown Drive, police spotted men running away from the residence, Banks said. Officers gave chase on foot and caught two of the four suspects, Banks added. Minutes after that capture, police also responded to a call more than a mile away on the 2300 block of Pearce Avenue.

A foot chase ensued on Pearce Avenue also, Banks said. Police captured three more suspects for a total of five in what could be unrelated attempted burglaries.

There were no charges at 3:30 p.m. Thursday while police questioned the suspects. The cases are under investigation.