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Suspects quickly captured after home invasion

Robert Ford Robert Ford
Marquell Ryce Marquell Ryce
Cornelius Allen Cornelius Allen

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany has now had five home invasions in a week.   This time, the armed robbers were caught in the act in a house on Gibson Road, and a police dog helped catch one of them.  

Three men are in jail and police tell us they don't think these suspects were involved in the other home invasions.   

Just before two a.m., three men pulled guns and robbed several people inside a house at 2426 Gibson Road.

"One gunshot was fired during the commission of the robbery. No one was injured," Dougherty County Police Captain Jimmy Sexton said.

Investigators say 40-year-old Robert Ford entered the home first, without a mask and that 20-year-old Marquell Ryce and 25-year-old Cornelius Allen burst in wearing masks made out of duct tape. They herded everyone in the home into the living room, and ransacked the place.

Someone managed a phone call to Police, and Officers arrived while the robbers were still in the home. They ran off and left their truck behind. A Dougherty County Police dog caught Ryce near the home. The two other suspects were picked up a few hours later.

"One of our officers was going home after completing his tour of duty, and saw him walking down Mock Road. The third individual was apprehended by our uniform officers walking down Gravel Hill Road," Sexton said.

One gun was recovered, along with stolen cell phones. Investigators say they think the robbers knew the victims, and did not pick this home out at random.

"This appears to be a more long standing dispute," Sexton said.

Investigators say so far they don't think these armed robbers are connected with any of the other four home invasions in the past week.

Dougherty County Police are still looking for Demetrius McCoy, who they believe was involved in two of the previous home invasions.

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