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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

July 7, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A serial armed robber in Albany remains on the loose, and police are sure the gunman known as the Bandana Bandit will strike again. Increased patrols haven't helped so far.

Detectives say they believe the same man, who wears a bandana to hide his identity, has stuck up nine businesses in the past month. He strikes late at night on weekends and early in the morning on weekdays.

 Albany Police say they are patrolling businesses in the entire city, ready when the Bandana Bandit strikes again. Detectives say they know business owners are scared. Detective Charlie Roberts said "Other business owners are very concerned. They are just as concerned as we are.  Because there is a potential all over the city.  He's using a handgun to commit robberies.  That tells me he is a dangerous person."

Nine times since June 13, four times last week, a man wearing a bandana on his face robbed Albany businesses at gunpoint, each time presenting a bag and telling the clerk to put money in it.

The robber started striking at night on weekends in East Albany, then switched his M.O. to early mornings, three times in Northwest Albany. He has targeted all kinds of business, convenience stores, dry cleaners, restaurants, and a hotel. He is described as black, stocky or muscular build, between 5-10 to 6-4 inches tall. Roberts said "He has been known to crouch.  Being in a crouching motion when he comes in to give the disparity in his height."

Security experts say business owners and workers have a right to be scared now, but need to try to get other information if robbed by a masked man. Parker Security owner Lamar Parker said "Look at his hands, if doesn't have gloves on. See what kind of rings he has. See if he has tattoos. Lots of people have tattoos these days, or scars. Anything that might help find the guy later."

 And most importantly, Parker and Police both stress robbery victims should not try to stop this armed robber.  Parker said "Some people, they want to be heroes. I would not suggest that. Let them have what they want."

Police ask you to look at this surveillance video. They are calling this man a person of interest in the robberies. This man was seen inside the Express Lane at Gillionville and Lockett Station Roads shortly before it was robbed June 15th. Police say they have received a number of calls, but not the one they need, and ask your help. If you recognize this man, Call CRIME STOPPERS at 436-TIPS. There is a reward offered.

The crime spree began June 13th at McCollum Cleaners on East Broad. The next day he robbed the Western Sizzlin' in East Albany then hit across town at the Express Lane Chevron on Lockett Station Road on the 15th.

 After a week off, he robbed the Hot Dog King on Cordele Road June 21. Then June 28th the Hardee's on East Oglethorpe. July 1st he robbed the Holiday Inn on Dawson Road.  Then July 3rd the Dollar General on East Oglethorpe.  July 4th the Burger King on West Oglethorpe, and the next day, July 5th Cracker Barrel on Westover Boulevard.

After another week he robbed Hardee's on East Oglethorpe. Police say the Bandana Bandit hit four businesses last week.

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