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Finance company robbed at gunpoint

August 22, 2003

ALBANY -  Lee Finance Company on Oglethorpe was robbed  by gunpoint this afternoon about 3:15.  It is the fifth armed robbery in just two days.

Two black males, both wearing masks, forced the clerk to lie on the floor while they took an undisclosed amount of money.

Witnesses say the men ran out of and behind the building to a getaway car occupied by two other men.  Police say details are sketchy but the car is believed to be a newer model Toyota and is dark in color.

Due to the rash in robberies, police are urging clerks to use caution and common sense if someone attempts to rob them. 

"Just go ahead and comply as much as possible. Try not to do anything unusual: rapid movements or anything like that," Lt. Eddie Williams said.  "Just comply with whatever they're saying, give them whatever they're asking for and try not to make any contact with them."

"These guys are armed," he said.  "We don't know if they'll use their weapons or not."

There were no customers in the building and no one was hurt. If you have any information about this or any other robberies, police want you to call them at 431-2100.

posted at 5:33p.m. by mathew.palmer@walb.com