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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

December 15, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Investigators say the two robberies were not connected, but the victims in both robberies say the gunmen were teenagers.

The clerk at one store says the person pointing a gun in her face was only 14 years old.  

About 9:30 Sunday night, two masked men vault over the store counter and push the clerk down at the County Line Grocery Store in Acree. When they couldn't get the cash register open they dragged the clerk back, put a gun to his neck to force him to open it.

They forced the clerk down behind the counter, raked the money out of the register, and spilled it on the floor. After gathering most of the cash, they took off running. The clerk tells Investigators the two were between 15 to 18 years old.

Store Manager Jo Ann Thompson said "It really won't surprise me. Not in this day and time."

Thompson says the clerk was not hurt, but very shaken up, and she admits this recent string of armed robberies in Dougherty County and Albany has her worried.

Surveillance video from about 2:20 Monday morning at the Flash Foods on the Liberty Bypass at Nelms Road shows a masked man pointing a pistol orders the clerk to hand over the money. The clerk described this armed robber as five feet tall, about 100 pounds, and 14-years-old.

Dougherty County Police Captain Jimmy Sexton said "We're very concerned."

Police say they don't believe the two robberies were connected, but it's very possible all three armed robbers were young teenagers.

Thompson said she is afraid many store employees will start carrying guns for protection because of the string of violent armed robberies in recent weeks.

"I've actually thought about going and getting my permit renewed and toting again myself. I used to tote. I don't know if that would be actually worse in the long run."

Police are asking that you take a look at these videos. Notice one County Line Grocery robber has a skull and crossbones on the back of his hat, and both were wearing shorts.

And here is a look at the Flash Foods robber again. They may be young, but police say they are extremely dangerous, and ask your help finding them.

If you have any information about either of these robberies, call Dougherty County Police at 229-430-6600. Or Crime Stoppers at 436-TIPS. You could earn a reward up to one thousand dollars for your information.

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