ALBANY, Ga. -- Police responding to an armed robbery call from a West Albany residence found the victims also in violation of the law, according to an Albany Police Department report.
While investigating a home invasion by two gunmen at about 3 a.m. at 1403 W. Eighth Ave., police discovered two residents in possession of drugs and a third in violation of her parole, according to a police official.
"Two black males, wearing hoodies and armed with handguns, knocked on the front door (of the residence)," APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said. "When the door was opened, they forced their way inside."
Police are searching for the two men who ransacked the apartment, Banks said, to steal a laptop and an X-box game.
While investigating the aggravated assault and robbery, police arrested Amanda Denise Stone, 21, Jontavious Torrell Dunnell, 20, and Shakata Mackey, 23, Banks added.
Stone and Dunnell are in jail on drug possession charges, while Mackey is charged with violating probation, a jail spokeswoman said. They have a first appearance before a judge today.
Because there were drugs in plain view when police arrived, the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit was called, said Maj. Bill Berry, the unit's commander. The unit confiscated less than an ounce of marijuana, about a single line of cocaine and 28 prescription pain pills.
"This looks like a personal consumption amount," Berry said. "(The robbers) probably didn't break in to steal the drugs."
Police Lt. Carmelita Preston, of the robbery homicide team, said there seems to be an increase in this type of crime, where the victims are also arrested.
"There are more than in previous years," Preston said. "In some cases, I think they target people who are doing something illegal."
The reason? Preston said people who are doing something illegal might not be so quick to call the police after being robbed.
"This doesn't mean we won't investigate to the best we can," Preston said. "They aren't supposed to be victimized either."