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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Albany and Leesburg Police are working together investigating four armed robberies pulled off in a three hour period. Investigators say they are still compiling all the evidence, but there is not much doubt the same four young men stuck up all four businesses.

Investigators ask you to take a look at surveillance video, and help them track down these gunmen before they strike again.

Leesburg Police suspect one young man seen in store surveillance video  is the ring leader of an armed robbery gang that stuck up four businesses in Albany and Leesburg between 10:40PM and 2:00 Thursday morning. He walked into the Flash Foods in Leesburg just after midnight, casing out the store. A short time later Police believe  the same man, now wearing a different hat and coat, leading two other masked gunmen robbing the store.

Leesburg Police Chief Charles Moore said "They went in there demanding money. They had guns in their hands, so nervous they point it at them."

Police say the leader was very calm and deliberate. One gunman took the bills from the clerk, telling her he did not want the change. After not being able to get into the safe or office, they left, but one robber decides to take the lottery tickets, and pulls the entire display off the counter.

Chief Moore said "that's the main thing, nobody got hurt, in Albany or her, so that's what I'm thankful for."

The timeline of the robberies, the Taco Bell on North Slappey was robbed at 10:41 by one armed robber, taking the cash drawer from the register.

At 12:34 the Flash Foods in Leesburg is robbed by three men. Police are there within four seconds of the alarm, and now know the three ran to a car behind the store, where a fourth man was driving.

About 1:45 the Flash Foods in the 300 block of East Oakridge was robbed by three gunmen, They walked up to the outside window, and pointed the gun through the window, then handed the clerk a bag to put the money in.

Just after 2 AM the Flash Foods in the 1700 block of East Ogelthorpe was robbed by one masked gunman. The robber stuck his gun through a revolving window, handed the clerk a bag.

Albany Police Sergeant Cliff Hawkins said "Possibly it could be the same three individuals."

Albany and Leesburg Police ask your help ID'ing these men can call Leesburg Police at 759-6465 or CRIME STOPPERS at 436-TIPS

Leesburg Police say you do not have any reason to be afraid, they will be out in force patrolling tonight. Albany Police also say they are doing everything they can to protect against a repeat of these armed robberies, and are confident they will make arrests soon.

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