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.