ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The so-called Bandana Bandit is at it again hitting yet another Albany business. At 6:18 AM Saturday morning, he put a gun to a cashier's head at the Cracker Barrel on Westover Boulevard. And as usual calmly demanded money.
This makes the ninth business for this serial armed robber since Father's Day. An employee at Cracker Barrel restaurant stared the barrel of a gun down, as the man holding it demanded his plastic bag be filled with money.
That man was wearing gray pants, a gray or white shirt, a black hat and something similar to a black bandana over his face. Police tell us he got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
"I've been in a restaurant business most of my life. And no, I've never had a close call with any type of robbery," said waitress, Carolyn Duke. This waitress of a neighboring restaurant sympathizes with the situation. "I would just give him my money what else could I do. I wouldn't try to fight back. And I son't think anyone else here would either."
Friday morning the Burger King on West Oglethorpe Boulevard was hit. Earlier this week, the Dollar General on East Oglethorpe and the Holiday Inn on Dawson Road were also struck. All robbed the same way by a black man in similar clothing.
"Well I hope he gets caught because I am sure a lot of people are afraid. And now its happened so close to us," said Duke. Police are asking for your help. They have surveillance video of a man they call a person of interest.
This video was taken at the Express Lane Chevron at Gillionville and Lockett Station Roads a couple of hours before that station was robbed last month. "Eventually, someone will identify him, and someone will get him," said Duke. "Somebody will recognize him. And he will be caught, and he will be punished."
The description given of Saturday morning's thief is a black male about 6'2" weighing around 280 pounds. Albany Police are now asking all businesses and employees to take precaution. Anyone with any information about any of these armed robberies all crime stoppers at 229-436-TIPS
Here in Southwest Georgia the American Red Cross has been working the last couple of days to prepare for the storm. The American Red Cross has been getting their relief supplies ready across the 19 county region.More >>
With Memorial Day around the corner, one Southwest Georgia military fraternity decided to host a blood drive in honor of fallen soldiers and to give back to the community. Psi Delta Tau Military Fraternity Incorporated held the event at a neighborhood Wal-Mart to help those in need.More >>
The weather didn't stop one Albany church from having a nice southern barbeque. St. James Missionary Baptist Church held their third annual 'Unity in the Community BBQ event' Saturday. They gave away hundreds of food and clothing items.More >>
Ahead of heavy rain showers and winds projected for our area, the Georgia State Patrol said there's not as many travelers on the roads during this holiday weekend. "So far I think this attributed to the weather and gas prices being so high, it seems that in our area of the state, traffic has been down some," said Trooper Christopher Jewell, GSP Post 40.More >>
The first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season makes its debut before the season officially begins.More >>