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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Albany Police are urging businesses to be on high alert after a 19-year-old convenience store clerk was shot and killed for refusing to turn money over to robbers Friday night.

They've had few tips to help identify the two masked gunmen who rushed into a store on Radium Springs Road that caters to the Hispanic community.

Clerks at other stores are on edge, and Albany Police are offering tips to keep workers safe.

Albany Police want you to take a good look at the surveillance video of these two men who robbed the Miscelanea Guate-Mex, paying close attention to the belt, black Converse shoes, and their faces.

"Anything they may able to pick up on regarding their clothing, anything regarding their mannerisms, their faces are covered by you can see partials of their faces," said Albany Police Media Manager Phyllis Banks.

Friday night's shooting death of 19-year-old Sentos Vicente has clerks from as close as the Flash Foods on Radium Springs and as far as the Express Lane on Gillionville Road on edge.

"I work in the morning by myself for two hours and I'm constantly looking out the windows, make sure I don't see any suspicious cars or anything," said Tarshia West of Flash Foods.

"We have young ladies working here at night and it can get petrifying for them," said Geneva Martin, who works at Express Lane/Subway.

That's why Albany Police want businesses on high alert over the next several weeks. They're urging employees to be smart, watching for anything that seems suspicious.

"Watch those individuals who may come in the store acting suspicious and try to keep and idea of those folks every single day," said Banks.

They say if you are held up, don't struggle with the suspects, give them what they want, but also don't open yourself to becoming a victim.

"Don't count money out in the open, personally I see a lot of that when I go into stores," said Banks.

Late at night Flash Foods is locking customers out. "At 10:00 we lock the doors and we use the serve through window," said West.

In an effort to keep employees safe and from falling victim to crime.

The Albany Police Department hopes businesses from convenience stores to beauty supplies will stop here at the law enforcement center and pick up these two brochures, one in English, the other in Spanish with crime prevention tips.

They call Friday night's crime senseless and say businesses owners and employees need to be on guard through the first of the year.

The Albany Police Department is also urging businesses to make more deposits throughout the day and keeping less money in stores at night. They say if a business owner need an escort to the bank they'll provide that free of charge.

 If you can identify the clothing or either one of the robbers from Friday night's murder, police urge you to call Crimestoppers at 229-436-TIPS. You don't have to leave your name, and there is a reward in this case.


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