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APD investigating theft, armed robbery

ALBANY, Ga. -- While police are on the look out for a theft by shoplifting suspect, an investigation is ongoing into an armed robbery that took place on Sunday afternoon.

On Monday, at the Albany Mall Lens Crafters, there were 12 pairs of sunglasses stolen valued at a total value of $1,500 just before 2 p.m., Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman from the Albany Police Department, said.

The same suspect is was seen at Citi-Trends on South Slappey Boulevard just before noon. Clothing was taken from that location, with no estimated value given, Banks said.

Video taken at Lens Crafters shows that the suspect was with a woman. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the APD at (229) 431-2100, or Albany CrimeStoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477).

As of Monday, the search was still under way for the suspects in an armed robbery that resulted in shots being fired Sunday afternoon.

The incident took place just after 2 p.m. at 708 N. Jackson St. At the time, there were six victims inside the house. The suspects were described as two men, one armed with a handgun, Banks said.

The suspects reportedly entered the home and demanded money from each of the victims at gunpoint. The victims said they were searched by the suspects and three cell phones, cash and clothing were taken, Banks said.

While inside the house, the suspect with the gun reportedly fired one shot and then fired a second shot in an alley located between Tift and Society avenues. No injuries were reported and no one was in custody as of Monday afternoon, Banks said.