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APD: Third convenience store robbed in a week

Albany Police Department Detective Eric Rozier cautions residents about a recent run of convenience store robberies in Albany at a Tuesday press conference in the Law Enforcement Center on the 100 block of West Oglethorpe Boulevard.

Albany Police Department Detective Eric Rozier cautions residents about a recent run of convenience store robberies in Albany at a Tuesday press conference in the Law Enforcement Center on the 100 block of West Oglethorpe Boulevard.

ALBANY, Ga. — Clerks at three convenience stores were placed under the gun in three separate robberies in a week.

"There has been a string of armed robberies, and we want to make sure the community is on the lookout," said Albany Police Department Detective Eric Rozier.

According to police reports, a gunman went into the Flash Foods store at 2701 Gillionville Road at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. He demanded money from a clerk, took it and ran away.

On Feb. 28, a gunman hit a North Slappey Boulevard Flash Foods and ran away into the early morning. The gunman used the same method of operation in an early morning Saturday robbery at the Pilot store on Cordele Road.

"They're walking into stores. It seems as if the person is coming in alone," Rozier said. "They're asking for change or any reason for the cash register to be opened. And they are bringing out a weapon."

Rozier could not definitely say the last three armed robberies were connected. But the description of the gunman could fit all three robberies.

According to reports, the man is black, stands 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He is between 25 and 30 years old, was last seen wearing a green jacket and carrying a black handgun. He is considered armed and dangerous, Rozier said.

Rozier offered tips for convenience store managers and clerks. He noted they should adhere to their routine to drop cash from the register to a safe that cannot be opened by staff at the store.

Video cameras at the store should be well-maintained for surveillance. Staff should notice anyone who enters the store, their height, weight and clothes.

"Give them all they ask for. Cooperate with them," said Rozier. "Do not confront him."

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.

Crime stoppers is an anonymous tipline. People with information could become eligible for cash rewards.

Comments

Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

Rozier, how about "blow their ass away if you possible can" as a helpful tip? That might help curtail some of this crappola.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, y'all ever heard of "once and done"?

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tocar 2 years, 1 month ago

I hope he gets what he deserves. He is a sorry man who has to live off of other people's money and heartache. Maybe he will get blown away.

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waltspecht 2 years, 1 month ago

If memory serves me correctly, APD had a Stake-out Squad in the late seventies, early eighties. I can remember one office chasing the robber out of the store on North Slappy and cutting loose with a shotgun. Seemed to stop that for a while, at least until the squad was disbanded.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 1 month ago

APD still does stake outs it's just we don't hear about it much on the news.

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Clif 2 years, 1 month ago

Please!!! Be tolerant with them. They are only making withdrawals, not robbing. Leave them alone. Lock them up and they may be in jail come November and not be able to vote for Obama... OH WAIT!!!! someone would bring them a few ballots to their cell....

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rock 2 years, 1 month ago

BETTER YET, Wait until they all show up to vote for Obama and then arrest the lot of them.

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