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School locked down, police search for suspects after robbery

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Two suspects, one brandishing a shotgun, entering the Super C Number 2 convenience store a little after 9am Wednesday Two suspects, one brandishing a shotgun, entering the Super C Number 2 convenience store a little after 9am Wednesday
One of the suspects breaking a jewelry case on the counter in the Super C Number 2 convenience store Wednesday a little after 9am One of the suspects breaking a jewelry case on the counter in the Super C Number 2 convenience store Wednesday a little after 9am
Moultrie Police Department Moultrie Police Department
Inv. Richard Maurer, Moultrie Police Department Inv. Richard Maurer, Moultrie Police Department
Mickey Key, Colquitt County School System Assist. Superintendent Mickey Key, Colquitt County School System Assist. Superintendent
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Moultrie police are reviewing surveillance tape they hope will lead them to a couple of armed robbers.  They forced a school to go on lock down after they robbed a nearby gas station with a shotgun. 

And that may not be their only crime.  Police say masked men seen on security video walking into the Super C number 2 gas station with a shotgun Wednesday may be on a crime spree.

"Two black males walked into the store, one brandishing a firearm, forced the clerk in the back of the counter there," said Inv. Richard Maurer, Moultrie Police Department. 

Surveillance video shows the men demanding the register code from the clerk, which they tried to key in using a bag as a glove.  They then made the employee try, but it still didn't work.

"Got some money below the counter, about $800-900," said Maurer.  "Smashed a jewelry case that had false jewelry, took about ten bracelets out of that and ran to the back of the store outside." 

They headed toward Charlie A. Gray Junior High School just a few blocks away shortly after 9am.

"When these things happen, local law enforcement sometimes have to do a sweep of the area, search the area," said Mickey Key, Colquitt County School System Assist. Superintendent.  "And when they do that close to one of our schools, we generally do a lock down process." 

School officials said they were given the all clear after police saw the suspects driving out of the area on surveillance video.

"Here at Colquitt County, as in most school systems, the safety of our students is paramount," Key said. 

Around 3:40 am Wednesday, robbers matching the same description targeted the Chevron at Highway 319 and 133 North.

"Two black males, one brandishing a firearm, went up the clerk and asked him to open the safe, which he could not open up, and they got away with an unknown number of cigarillos and cigarettes," said Maurer. 

Officers don't yet have surveillance of that robbery, but are interviewing witnesses.  They're asking store owners to make sure security tapes are working. The school was on lock down for about ten minutes before police gave the all clear.  Investigators wouldn't comment on what the suspects were driving.  No one was injured during the robberies. 

Anyone with information that could help identify the suspects are asked to call the Moultrie Police Department. 

 

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