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Police hunt theater robber

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

About 11:00 Thursday night, an armed robber struck at the Wynnsong Cinemas at 2823 Nottingham Way.

An employee told APD that the suspect came into the theater with a handgun. He went behind the counter and snatched cash from the register.

He took off running through a back door, and jumped over a fence in the rear of the building.

Albany Police say they will increase patrols around Carmike's Wynnsong Cinemas on Nottingham Way, to keep movie goers safe. 

But last night's robbery still worries some residents. Mother of two Arissa Hodge is hesitant to take her family here. "Even with that kind of security, it makes you not even want to go out anymore."

The theater has their own security, but Albany police will be patrolling the area.

"What we strongly encourage business owners to do is make sure that they are already abiding by their security measures that they already have in place. Making sure all employees are aware and stay aware and are alert," said Phyllis Banks of APD.

Banks says during the summer months, there is often an increase in armed robberies, so small businesses should be even more alert.

As for right now, police are still investigating last night's incident.

"We want everyone to stay vigilant knowing that this suspect is still out," said Banks.

The robber was described as a black man, wearing a black shirt, black short pants, black socks and a black and white skull mask.

No one was injured during the robbery..

If you have any information about who the criminal is, call APD at 431-2100 or Crimestoppers at 436-TIPS.

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