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Leesburg Police arrest two suspected robbers

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Leesburg, GA (WALB) - It was suspected gang initiation that led to a night of armed robberies two weeks ago.

Three stores and a Taco Bell were held up, and police say the robbers targeted stores were women were working alone.

Leesburg investigators spent the day examining the white Dodge Magnum, owned by Dominique Nelson and believed to have been used in four armed robberies in Leesburg and Albany.

"Dominique Nelson, he was the driver and it was actually his vehicle that was used," said Leesburg Police Sgt. James Vick.

Leesburg Police want you to take a good look at Nelson and Shantavious Anthony, both of whom are wanted for armed robbery. Seventeen year olds Larry Gatewood and Jordan Harris were arrested Friday night, one of them bold enough to pull a gun on police, but it was dropped.

All four have been charged with the robberies at the Flash Foods in Leesburg and they're believed to be responsible for the three other armed robberies in Albany the morning of February 26th.

"Their actual intentions were to hit the other store, the Chevron, but they didn't have enough gas in their vehicle to make their get away, so they went to Flash Foods to get gas and that's when they noticed this was a single female by herself and decided to go ahead and hit it," said Vick.

It was this surveillance store video that helped police catch Gatewood and Harris and identify Anthony and Nelson.

"After people saw the video on Channel 10, they started calling, giving us information and investigators with the Lee County Sheriff's office and the Leesburg Police Department started following up on it with help from Albany PD," said Leesburg Police Chief Charlie Moore.

Moore says it's important to get Anthony and Nelson off the streets as well as a fifth suspect, who has yet to be identified or charged.

Leesburg Police believe one of the suspects in custody may also be responsible for the armed robbery at Title Bucks Title Pawn on North Slappey just days before the armed robbery spree at the convenience stores.

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