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VPD catches armed robbery suspects

Aaron Kirk Aaron Kirk
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A Homerville man and woman remained behind bars in Lowndes County Monday afternoon after being identified during a traffic stop in Clinch County Sunday night as the two people who robbed the Family Dollar on Central Avenue in Valdosta earlier in the evening.

Witnesses told police that the man, 29 year-old Cecil Bernard Williams, walked into the store, showed what appeared to be a handgun wrapped up in a T-shirt, then went around the check out counter and removed an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.

"Someone outside saw him run from the area and get into a [gray Dodge Magnum] nearby," said Valdosta Police Department Lieutenant Aaron Kirk. 

A Valdosta Police Department officer in the area, who was about to be off duty, spotted the car and began following it. After running the plates, the officer learned that the car had been reported stolen out of Homerville. The officer continued to follow the car along Highway 84 towards Homerville.

As the officer crossed into Lanier County, a Lanier County sheriff's deputy joined the officer in following the car. Upon entering into Clinch County, the Lanier County sheriff's deputy pulled the Dodge Magnum over and a witness was brought to the scene by the Valdosta Police Department to identify the people in the vehicle.

"We're proud of our officer. He was on his way home, takes it upon himself, when he sees the vehicle, to go ahead and take action," said Kirk.

Once the witness made a positive identification, both the passenger of the vehicle, Williams, and the driver, Alicia Sault, were arrested and taken to the Lowndes County Jail.

Williams is being charged with Armed Robbery and Sault is being charged with Armed Robbery-Party to the Crime. The case is still under investigation and other charges may be filed. No one was hurt during the robbery or arrest.

Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.

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