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APD on the hunt for robbers

February 2, 2006

Albany - An Albany insurance agency was robbed this morning, the third holdup on Dawson Road and North Slappey in two weeks.

A masked man walked into Alfa Insurance on Dawson Road, threatened a worker and stole money.

January 23rd, a similar robbed happened just a few blocks away at the Allstate Insurance Agency on North Slappey. In that robbery, a masked man hit agent JoAnne Hawkins in the head with a stick and stole money from the business.

Just before four yesterday morning, a gunman held up the Woodall's Convenience Store on North Slappey. No one was been hurt in the robberies, but business owners are concerned.

"It frightened me a great deal that there is a large part of our society that doesn't play by the same rules that we do," said Rick Muggridge of Alfa Insurance. "I don't how to change that, and I don't know how to help those people help themselves. This certainly isn't the way to go about it."

Muggridge says he's beefing up security. He plans to add a glass partition to his front desk and will not leave his front door open. No arrests have been made. Police are trying to determine if the robberies connected.

If you have any information about these robberies, please call Albany Police at 229-431-2100.

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