Leaders call for community help after violent crimes

Leaders call for community help after violent crimes

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Community leaders are calling for people to help stop violent crime.

The outreach comes just one day after three armed robberies in Albany.

They are asking people for information to help put wanted armed robbers behind bars.

On Monday, a man wearing a Halloween mask robbed the DoCo Credit Union at gunpoint.
Later that same afternoon, Wilburn Burns was walking along Moultrie Road when he was robbed at gunpoint by two teens.

Then Monday night, three men, at least one wearing a Halloween mask, robbed the Subway on North Slappey Blvd. at gunpoint.

It was the robbery at Subway that struck home to Stop The Violence co-founder Bishop Victor Powell.

"I was in that same Subway that got robbed an hour earlier," he recalled.

Stop The Violence leaders want everyone to remember that anyone could be victimized when crime increases.

"When crimes are committed it links us. And we never know when it is coming to knock on our door," said Bishop Frederic Williams, who co-founded Stop The Violence with Powell. "So I want to encourage people who have any insight to people who are committing these crimes, to find a way to report it."

"Someone in the community knows who robbed the bank," Powell said. "Someone in the community knows who robbed the store."

Stop The Violence leaders are urging people to not stay silent about crime, but to give law enforcement tips to solve recent violent armed robberies, before someone is hurt or killed.

"What we're needing is the community to work with us in reporting any suspicious people and things that are going on, that we all could be safe," said Williams.

People can give anonymous tips through CrimeSTOPPERS by calling 229-436-TIPS.

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