January 27, 2006
Richmond County investigators say armed robberies are on the rise in Augusta. The best way to curb this trend: you. Thursday evening around 7:30 two men robbed the Food Lion off Washington Road with a handgun. A few minutes later, a CVS on Gordon Highway was robbed. They’re the two most recent armed robberies in a rising crime.
Thursday night two armed robberies hit the Food Lion on Washington Road. About half an hour later, two armed men robbed the CVS on Gordon Highway. Investigators believe the robberies are by the same men because the victims at both businesses gave the same descriptions of the suspects.
The first suspect is described as a black man, about 5 foot 7 inches with a goatee and an earring in each ear. The second suspect is also a black man, but he is taller and heavier. This suspect is bald or has very short hair.
And if you think you’ve been hearing about a higher number of robberies lately, you’re right.
“We have had a spike in armed robberies which we normally have around the holidays, but we’ve kind of started the year off with a spike in armed robberies also,” said Lt. Scott Peebles, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Just this week armed robberies hit the China Express and Express Cash Title Pawn Store off Peach Orchard Road and Maxway in South Gate Shopping Center.
Augusta had 16 armed robberies in January 2005. The city’s had 25 this January and the month isn’t over yet. But in December, armed robberies were much higher with 53.
Investigators say many people see these stories on the news and give them leads.
“The public having this information is so vital to our success making arrests,” Lt. Peebles said.
And if you have any information on an armed robbery, called the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department at 706-821-1080.