DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Don't get in the car with strangers.
That's the warning Dougherty County Police are sending out.
Recent reports of robberies and sexual assault have Dougherty County Police concerned.
"We might have had them years ago, but what has happened here recently seems to be a re-occurring event," said Lieutenant Stephen Mitchum.
He said his department is working on three separate cases where a woman claimed a man she didn't know, offered her a ride in South Albany.
Each time, the woman got in the car. The man would then drive the woman to a secluded place and leave her there.
"What has happened seems very similar in each one of the cases," said Mitchum.
Two victims said once they got to the secluded place, the man robbed and sexually assaulted them.
"The subject did have a weapon in each one of these cases and basically used that to threaten the victim," said Mitchum.
The first case happened in October. The other two happened in the past two weeks.
On Wednesday, Dougherty County Investigators met with Albany Police investigators who said they're looking into two similar incidents.
"What we are concerned about is if there are more incidents that we don't know about," explained Mitchum.
Each woman was in her mid-twenties.
All were picked up in South Albany; near the bus station on South Oglethorpe, by the corner of West Gordon Avenue and South Madison Street, the 700 block of South Davis Street and the 800 block of West Highland Avenue.
"Be aware these incidents are happening and be cautious," said Mitchum. "If you are walking in these areas and somebody approaches you and offers you a ride and don't know them don't get in."
If something similar has happened to you, you are urged to contact crime stoppers at 336-TIPS (8477).
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