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Ochlocknee latest hit in string of armed robberies

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By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) – The robbery of a convenience store in Ochlocknee is the latest in a string of frightening armed robberies in our area.

Investigators from three counties are teaming up to determine whether the robberies are related.

They're asking for the public's help in catching the criminals before they become even more violent.

At about 10 PM Saturday night, two men armed with guns entered the T&J convenience store in Ochlocknee and demanded cash from the clerks. This latest robbery has other stores in the area on high alert.

"We try to maintain the safety of the store at all times. Not just when something in our area happens," explains Jacob Forehand, a Flash Foods District Supervisor. "We do it day to day everyday."

Thomas County authorities are now working with investigators from other counties to solve the multiple armed robberies. Similar cases in Mitchell and Colquitt County have investigators considering the same suspects.

"Possibly, we're not ruling it out," says Thomas County Sheriff's Investigator Jason Carroll. "We're not 100% sure that it is but there are some similar characteristics."

Authorities say a couple recent Dollar General robberies also have very similar characteristics as the convenience store ones.

"It's so undetermined at this time. Their faces are always covered," Carroll explains. "We have not been able to get anything to positively identify these guys.'

They did say all the robberies are carried out by two black men with guns and seem to have the same mannerisms in each case. And stores can't do much from getting hit besides using security cameras and strict cash control policies.

"We only allow a certain amount of money in the register. And that would make a robbery not even worthwhile. Anywhere from $50. And $50 for a robbery is pointless," Forehand points out.

But authorities are still concerned with the violent turn the robbers are taking. Robberies in Norman Park and Camilla ended with people being shot.

"There's already been gunfire and luckily no one was really hurt. But who knows what could happen next time."

Which is why they need all the help they can get.

Authorities in Thomasville say they are stepping up patrols near convenience and dollar stores.

They encourage anyone with information in these robberies to call the Thomas County Sheriff's Office at (229) 225-3300.

 


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