ALBANY — Video Warehouse, Emily’s Coin Laundry, Dollar General and Western Sizzlin’ were among the robbery victims in Albany over the weekend.
The incidents at three of these locations happened on East Oglethorpe Boulevard and are believed to be connected to the same man.
Video Warehouse, located at 2106 E. Oglethorpe Blvd., was victimized just before 3 a.m. Sunday. Officers responded to an active alarm at the location and found that someone had gained entry into the store through the front glass window.
The items taken were the wooden comment box and a plastic change box. A warrant has been issued against Milton Bryant, 44, in connection with the incident.
Bryant is also thought to be connected to a break-in at Dollar General on East Oglethorpe Boulevard at 7:40 a.m. Sunday. In that incident, police believe he broke the front glass door and took cash and coins from two donation boxes.
Later Sunday, Bryant allegedly conducted a robbery by sudden snatching at the Western Sizzlin’ establishment on East Oglethorpe Boulevard just before 9 p.m.
In that case, Bryant reportedly finished eating and walked to the register. When the cashier opened the register, police say, he reached in and snatched money from the drawer. He fled the scene on foot, but shortly afterwards was spotted by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy in the area. The deputy was able to detain Bryant for the Albany Police Department. He was unarmed and there were no injuries reported.
Also on Sunday, at 8:40 p.m. there was an armed robbery at 1513 Radium Springs Road, Suite A — the site of Emily’s Coin Laundry.
In that incident, two black males armed with a weapon and wearing dark clothing entered the business and demanded money from an employee at the register and then from one of the customers.
They fled with an undetermined amount of money. There was no money taken from the customer who was searched, APD officials said.
Those with additional information on these incidents are encouraged to call Albany Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS(8477) or the APD at (229) 431-2100.