Two men accused of robbing a Lowndes County gas station at gunpoint Thursday afternoon were in two separate Florida county jails as of 5 p.m. Thursday according to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.
25 year old Allen Perry Rowland was being held in the Columbia County Jail and 26 year old Benedict Phillips was being held in the Alachua County Jail.
The following is a press release from the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office regarding the robbery:
This afternoon around lunch time, two individuals entered Bo's BP located on St. Augustine Road in Valdosta and committed an armed robbery.
The males fled but witnesses were able to provide a vehicle description. A be on the look out (BOLO) was distributed throughout South Georgia and North Florida. A short time later deputies in Columbia County Florida stopped the vehicle.
The driver exited the vehicle and was arrested. The passenger jumped into the driver seat and fled the stop location. That person was eventually stopped in Alachua County and arrested. Florida deputies also recovered the handgun beloved to have been used in the robbery here.
Both men will be charged in Lowndes County and deputies will seek extradition back to Georgia. Lowndes County Sheriff's Office detectives have traveled to Florida to continue the investigation.
Sheriff Prine stated his gratitude in the assistance provided by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. This a great example of law enforcement agencies working together.