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"Targets of opportunity" make for increase in robberies

Many local businesses have been targets for recent robberies (Source: WALB) Many local businesses have been targets for recent robberies (Source: WALB)
The movie theater was targeted in an armed robbery (Source: WALB) The movie theater was targeted in an armed robbery (Source: WALB)
More families and visitors could mean more targets for robbers (Source: WALB) More families and visitors could mean more targets for robbers (Source: WALB)
People are urged to stay in familiar areas (Source: WALB) People are urged to stay in familiar areas (Source: WALB)
APD Chief Michael Persley (Source: WALB) APD Chief Michael Persley (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany Police are seeing an increase in robberies and want people to stay aware. In the last 16 days there have been eight robberies - or attempted robberies in Albany.

Albany Police Chief Michael Persley said it's not related to the coming holiday. The increase in robberies is because it's summer, and more people are outside during the day and night.

From sudden purse snatchings and restaurant cash registers, to motel guests being targeted.

"It's a slight increase only because more people are out. And this typically that you will see during as it gets warmer," said Albany Police Chief Michael Persley.

Four of the robberies were at gunpoint, including at the movie theater. Many were early in the morning.

Chief Persley said the hotter it is during the day, the more people are out during the night becoming targets of opportunity for crooks.

"So those who decide to party later, or they just want to get out and about later in the evening, yes you can expect to see those robberies at 4 or 5 o' clock in the morning. Because that is when a lot of people are out," said Chief Persley.

With the long holiday weekend of bringing family and visitors to Albany, Persley says that could be mean targets of opportunity for robbers, so he urges people to stay aware.

"Always go in pairs and ask questions. Stay near lighted areas. If you are not familiar with the area, stay in the areas you are familiar with," said Chief Persley.

Persley urges business employees to stay aware of the people inside the store, and what's going on outside as well.

Chief Persley urges visitors to Albany to ask their family or friends about areas they should to stay in, and he says if you have questions you can call the Albany Police at 229-431-2100 for advice.

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