DCPD seeks help with open cases

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County Police Department is soliciting assistance with the investigation of two incidents from earlier this month: an armed robbery and a case of counterfeit checks.

The armed robbery took place at 3000 Sylvester Road, the site of Fast Lane Food Mart, at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday, police officials say.

Sgt. Chad Kirkpatrick, a detective with the department, said two black males entered the establishment with their faces covered. One man was armed with a gun and the other a stick.

The pair demanded money from the clerk, and then went after the safe. In all, they took $1,100, Kirkpatrick said.

One of the men is 5 feet 7 inches tall, while the other is 6 feet tall, Kirkpatrick said. Graffiti found at the scene showed a drawing in the dirt of a pitchfork and the number “406.”

“This could be gang-related,” Kirkpatrick said.

The counterfeit check investigation stems from an incident that took place at 3522 Sylvester Road, the site of Quick Buys Convenience Store, on July 19.

A report on the incident states that a 6 feet 3 inches-tall, 300-pound black man with a beard tried to cash a check for $396. A clerk at the store recognized the check as a forgery and refused to cash it.

The suspect left the store at a high rate of speed in a black Ford Explorer Sport Trac with an unknown tag. The subject was wearing a white ribbed tank top and a fishing hat with netting, the report states.

The check was taken by the man and had not been recovered at the time of the report.

No arrests had been made in either incident as of Monday afternoon. Those with information pertaining to these cases are encouraged to contact county police.