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Clerk shot in Norman Park armed robbery

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Bold robbers kicked in the door of the Dollar General in Norman Park last night, held the clerk at gunpoint, then shot her as they left.

Thursday she was in fair condition at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. The two robbers remain at large. This is the third robbery in the area in the last two weeks. Now, GBI agents are comparing surveillance video from the crimes to see if they're related.

This latest armed robbery has shaken people in Norman Park, where the only man in the police department is the full time Chief. People we spoke with say that's made them a target for crime.

Dollar General clerk Dana Patterson had closed the store along Highway 319 and was counting the money when two men suddenly kicked in the door and pointed a gun in her face, demanding the cash.

"She gave them the cash and as they were leaving one of them turned around and fired some shots back," said Capt. Hal Suber, Colquitt County Sheriff's Office.

Mildred Thompson's nephew had been in the store just 45 minutes earlier.

"It was really crowded last night at 8:30 PM because one of my nephews was in there at 8:30 PM and he couldn't have gotten home by the time the shooting happened," said Mildred Thompson, of Norman Park.

Neighbors worry the violence is escalating and aren't venturing out after dark.

"Not really, I'm always looking over my shoulder," said Charles Smith of Norman Park.

"People they don't have jobs or anything, it's going to get worse," said Sharon Patterson, of Norman Park.

The GBI is working with Sheriff's investigators to see if the crime is connected to recent armed robberies a week ago Monday at the Dollar General in Coolidge and Sunday night at Oxley's Fine Foods in Moultrie. All three crimes happened as the stores were getting ready to close.

"We're looking into that we can't say yes or no right no but we're looking into that I know the GBI in Thomasville have been looking at the surveillance tape down there," said Suber.

Investigators say finding these men is more serious now that they know the suspects are willing to open fire. They worry next time the clerk may not be so lucky.

The Colquitt County Sheriff's office is stepping up patrols especially during closing time for many local businesses in an effort to combat this recent rash of armed robberies.

Investigators have not made arrests in any of the cases. If you have information about the crimes, you're encouraged to call the Thomasville GBI Office at (229) 255-4090 or the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office at (229) 616-7430.

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