Shotgun-wielding thieves wanted for home invasion

ALBANY, Ga. -- A knock on the door of an Albany apartment led to a home-invasion robbery at about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday on the 1000 block of South Cleveland Avenue, Albany Police Department reports stated.

Two males between 15 and 17 years old, one armed with a shotgun, stole about $60 from Palanthia Bell, 36, and her 16-year-old son at their apartment after she opened her door, according to an APD report.

There were no injuries reported in connection with the robbery, police spokesman Steve Butler said.

"The victim heard a knock at the back door and looked out to see a black male with a shotgun," Butler said. "The second suspect approached behind the first suspect."

The robbers held Bell and her son at gunpoint and ordered them to stay still while they looked for cash, Butler said. The two robbers then ran away out the back door.

Butler described the shotgun-wielding robber as a tall male, slim with brown skin. He was wearing a white tank-top shirt, basketball shorts and had his face partly covered with a red T-shirt.

Butler said the other robber was a tall, dark-skinned male, wearing a white shirt and shorts. He partially covered his face with a white T-shirt.

Police are continuing the investigation into the robbery and would like the community's help in locating the robbers, Butler said.

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