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Woman robbed in broad daylight, car stolen

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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

September 5, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's a routine for most of us. You do your shopping, then unload your groceries. That's what Betty Campbell was doing in the parking lot outside Save-A-Lot. But once she got inside her car, the situation became anything but routine.

"Once she got into her vehicle and secured her seatbelt, she was approached by a black male who then attempted to force her out of the car," said Albany Police Media Manager Phyllis Banks-Whitley

The man pulled the 61-year-old Albany woman from her car. Terrified, she could only watch as the crook sped down Highland Avenue in her Ford Focus. Campbell called 911, and police began their search for the suspect.

"A description on the suspect, he's a black male, bald. He was last seen wearing a yellow shirt and blue jeans," said Banks-Whitley.

Campbell only suffered a minor injury to her hand, and was treated by EMS at the scene. The crime happened at 9:30 in the morning -- proof that danger doesn't just lurk after dark.

"It is very scary. But what we urge citizens to do is to not let their guard down even during the day. Always watch your surroundings. Watch yourself as you go to your car. Look for suspicious people. And if you can, try not shop alone. It's always good to shop in groups," said Banks-Whitley.

Police are still looking for the stolen car 2001 Ford Focus. It's a 2-door hatchback with Georgia tag number 6390 AAA.

If have any information on this vehicle you're asked to the Albany Police of Crime Stoppers at 229-436-TIPS. A reward is possible for anyone with information leading to an arrest.

Police are reviewing video from nearby surveillance cameras to see if any of them caught the crook on tape.

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