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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

July 11, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany man, said to be the Bandana Bandit, has now confessed to all ten holdups. Jerome Lowe made his first appearance in court Friday morning.

Investigators say the gunman who wore a bandana over his face during all the hold-ups told them all about his crime spree. 29 year old Jerome Lowe quietly walked into the Dougherty County jail courtroom in handcuffs and leg irons  for his first appearance before a Judge.

Albany Police arrested Lowe at his Frost Street home Thursday afternoon, minutes after they say he robbed the Wash House on South Slappey. Investigators had been watching Lowe as a suspect, and caught him red-handed, he admitted to all the Bandana holdups .  Albany Police Captain Charles Poole said "Yesterday late Investigators interviewed him, and he did confess to ten armed robberies."

 Dollar General Manager Jermaine Dupree said "Thank God, that is he off the streets." Victims of the Bandana Bandit were greatly relieved by Lowe's arrest. Jermaine Dupree was in the Dollar General July 3rd when the masked man robbed it, and said he recognizes Lowe. Dupree said "I've seen him come in the store before. He was a normal customer, but I never thought he would do anything like that."

McCollum's Cleaners Owner Scott McCollum said "It's really a relief for the community." Worker's at McCollum's Cleaners, the first business robbed by the Bandana Bandit June 13th, also confirmed that Lowe was the man who stuck them up. Scott McCollum said "We had two people here that recognized him. We had seen him here in the plant before as a customer."

Investigators say Lowe admitted he went on his robbery spree because he needed the money. Poole said "Hard times, basically."

Lowe lived and was arrested on Frost Street, just yards from McCollum's Cleaners.  McCollum said "Three or four blocks down the street. But he is going to have a new home hopefully."

Albany business owners and Police are both thankful Lowe is in jail and no one was hurt during his crime spree.

 Investigators say they have no reason to suspect that Lowe robbed any businesses outside Albany during his spree.

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