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Armed robberies terrify West Gordon neighborhood

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An APD detective interviews the store owner (WALB inmage) An APD detective interviews the store owner (WALB inmage)
Photo of suspect from surveillance video (Source: APD via surveillance footage) Photo of suspect from surveillance video (Source: APD via surveillance footage)

Albany police are working to figure out who fired at least five shots during a convenience store robbery. It's the second robbery at two different convenience stores on West Gordon Avenue this week.

Neighbors are worried, and the store owner was too upset to go on camera.  This is the second time robbers fired shots in his store in the last six weeks.

Quindathion Baldwin was in the Neighborhood Grocery this morning, and had just walked out the door when gunshots erupted.
"It just didn't seem real, because we were just in there talking, you know what I'm saying. Like two minutes later I walk across the street."

Police say about 8:45AM, a man dressed in all black went into the Neighborhood Grocery, and fired several shots, then demanded money. 

On August 9th, the same store was robbed by two men.  Police are trying to determine if this morning's holdup is connected to that robbery.

 Store owner Ali who did not want to talk on camera, or give his last name, said he believes one of the same men was involved.  He also believes these are the same two men who tried to rob his store late Sunday night, but were scared off, and went down the street a few blocks and robbed the Westside Grocery at gunpoint.

No one has been hurt in these robberies, but the gunmen have pointed their guns with menace.

One clerk in the store said at least five shots were fired.  They gave him money and the robber ran.

The owner said this is the eighth time his store has been robbed in the last year, and the second time in the last six weeks. He said he is distraught, and doesn't know what to do.  Baldwin's relatives live next door, and he is concerned.

"It's really scary. My auntie and grandma have to worry about someone running up in their house and all that.  No, she shouldn't have to live like that."

Today's robber is described as 5' 9" tall, and about 175 pounds.  Westside Grocery owner is offering a one thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the robbers in that case.

CrimeSTOPPERS is also offering a reward for any information in either robbery.  If you have any information, call 436-TIPS.

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