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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two men and a woman are in jail charged in a string of violent and frightening Albany invasions.
Those home invasions happened in the last month on Stuart Avenue, North Cleveland Street, and Mitchell Avenue. One of the suspects also targeted a man outside the BMW of Albany dealership along East Oglethorpe.
In each case, the victims were tied up or held at gunpoint.
Police say the items weren't pawned locally. Now police are looking for more suspects who may also have been involved and it's got recent crime victims resorting to desperate measures.
The afternoon of May seventh isn't one Easy Pay Auto Credit Manager Earl Coston will soon forget. "When I turned around I had a gun in my face," said Coston.
Since then he's changed the set up of his store, moving his desk to face the door and now Coston carries a gun. "It's a shame. I never toted a gun in my life, but I'm toting a gun."
Coston may feel a little safer after Albany Police arrested Erick Bowen, Kelvin Sloan, and Tia McIver. The three are charged with the home invasion Friday in the 100 block of Mitchell Avenue and suspected in the home invasions in the two thousand block of Stuart Avenue, the 1500 block of North Cleveland.
Police say in all the cases, the suspects were similarly tied up and electronic items were taken. "As far as items taken, in those incidents that did occur as it was stated first there were some victims tied up during the incidents, yes," said APD Investigator Cliff Hawkins.
Police say none of the items taken were pawned. "I have check the local pawn shops and he has not personally pawned anything in the eleven local pawn shops that we have," said APD Investigator Schemika Foster.
While Coston's case hasn't been solved he's hoping police will keep after theses criminals and spend more time on the streets. "To me they need to be in the neighborhoods at different times, because these criminals know when the police are changing shifts."
Police also gave an important reminder to residents today, that say if you have expensive electronic equipment like Televisions or Blu-Ray players you should write down the serial numbers of those items and store them in a safe place in case you're ever a victim you can provide police with the information they need.
Albany Police say they're certain there will be more arrests with this case and their investigation remains open. Anyone with information to contact the Albany Police Department