Serial robbers strike for 12th time

By: Jonathan Martin Email
By: Jonathan Martin Email

News 12 First at Five, May 30, 2006

AUGUSTA, Ga---New surveillance video released Wednesday by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office shows a man walking into the Family Dollar on Wrightsboro Road around 9:30 a.m on Wednesday.

Officers say he acted as if he was going to buy a gallon of milk, but quickly demanded and got away with money while his accomplice waited outside in a car.

It is another robbery authorities are linking to "bald bandit" duo. It is another case that's keeping even Sheriff Ronnie Strength working around the clock.

"We're in the street day and night. They've put a big burden on us, and were going to do everything we can to get them, they are going to be caught," Sheriff Strength says.

Earlier this week, investigators told News 12, the string of now twelve robberies across the area has been a team effort between two white men with similar descriptions. Despite clear pictures, authorities say no major leads have come in.

"We've received dozens of calls on lookalikes, but none of them have panned out," the sheriff says.

Authorities say one of the better tips they've received came from one the convenient store robberies in Aiken County. Lt. Scott Peebles says a witness spotted a Maryland license plate on the suspect's car as they were leaving.

"In the robbery in Aiken, a witness believed they saw a Maryland tag on the silver vehicle, that doesn't mean that the tag is still on the vehicle now," Lt. Peebles told us.

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