Multiple agencies seek armed robbers

Published 6:22 am Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Several local law enforcement agencies are looking for who might be responsible for committing any of several recent armed robberies at convenience stores.

The most recent happened last Friday night around 9:30 p.m. at the Kangaroo convenience store at 401 Colquitt Hwy.

Responding to the store, Bainbridge Public Safety Officer Beau Harrell found the store’s clerk had been handcuffed behind her back by the suspects, who then fled out of the store on foot after taking a significant amount of cash from the store’s register. The clerk stated one of the robbers pointed a black and silver handgun at her.

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The suspects were described as two men with camouflage material covering their faces. One was described as wearing a long black shirt and dark jeans and wearing an Atlanta Braves baseball cap. The other wore a black sleeveless shirt with a long-sleeved camouflage shirt underneath.

The Kangaroo on U.S. 27 North was also robbed at gunpoint by two masked men this past July 16.

The Quickbuys store on Georgia 97 South was robbed by a masked man with a gun on July 9.

The Quickbuys store in Climax was robbed on Sept. 7.

The Junior Mall on South Scott Street was robbed by a masked man with a gun on Sept. 12.

Law enforcement officials have arrested suspects in armed robberies occurring June 9 at Mr. Pip’s on U.S. 27 North and Aug. 31 at the Quick Change in Attapulgus.

Along with Public Safety, the Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are also investigating the recent robberies.

Dog attacks reported

Several people reported being attacked by dogs within the past few weeks.

The Sheriff’s Office has acknowledged receiving a report of a possibly serious dog bite occurring on Butler Ferry Road last week. Although no specifics were available at press time, The Post-Searchlight received calls from two concerned citizens stating the dog attacked a small girl, causing visible injuries that required treatment at a hospital. While the bite was documented by the county’s animal control officer, an incident report is still being completed, Lt. Rick Ashley said Tuesday.

On Saturday, a middle-aged man reported being bitten by a dog on his right ankle as he walked along the 1100 block of Newton Street. The victim declined immediate medical attention.

On Sept. 21, a Georgia Power employee reported a vicious dog at a residence on Laurel Lane in the Douglas Hills neighborhood. As the employee attempted to read the home’s power meter, the dog attempted to bite him and followed him back to his truck, where the dog bit and punctured the sidewall of a tire.

On Sept. 15, a Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole officer was at a house on the 900 block of James Street when a pit bull mix came from under the house and attacked him. The dog’s owner was charged with violating the city’s animal control ordinance.