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      Convenience store armed robberies may be connected, says APD

      Police are investigating if one suspect is connected to three local convenience store armed robberies

      Albany police are looking into if a string of convenience store armed robberies is connected to one suspect.

      Flash Foods on Slappey Boulevard and Palmyra Road, Pilot on Cordele Road and Flash Foods on Gillionville Road are all recent armed robbery victims, and police say they may be connected.

      "Usually when we have several armed robberies or crimes of this nature that happen at the same time span that may mean they're connected," says Det. Eric Rozier with the Albany Police Department.

      Investigators say the robberies happened between midnight and 5 a.m. They say the suspect asked for change or some reason to open the cash register, then oftentimes pulled out a gun.

      Rozier says they do not have a suspect in custody at this time, so they want 24-hour convenience stores to take extra precautions because the suspect could strike again.

      "You want to make sure there are at least two employees working in the store that you're aware of your surroundings, make sure your video or surveillance video is working properly," says Rozier. "If anybody comes in with a weapon demanding money or demanding anything be cooperative you don't want to be combative with that person. Give them what they ask for. You want to make sure you always protect yourself and look out for each other."

      Police say the suspect is a black male, wearing a green jacket, around 25 to 30 years old, about 5'8" tall and weigh approximately 180 pounds. They say he is carrying a black handgun.

      APD says they do have leads they are following, but ask if the public has any information about these crimes or the suspect to call Albany Crime Stoppers anonymously at (229) 436-TIPS.