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Armed robbery epidemic in the Boro
Police hunting suspects in nine crimes committed since Sept. 12
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Armed robberies Sept. 12–Oct. 28

* 9/12, Cambridge Apartments complex: Between 5:30 and 6:22 a.m., three black men robbed a victim at gunpoint. Suspect 1 - 5'09", thin, shoulder length dread locks, portrait tattoo on right arm. Suspect 2 - 5'09", light skin, low-cut hair. Suspect 3 - dark skin.
* 9/26, Park Place Apartments complex. Between 1:50 and 1:55 a.m., two black men wearing red bandannas over their faces, robbed a pizza delivery driver using a black semi-automatic weapon.
* 9/26, The Exchange Apartment complex. Between 2:40 and 2:44 a.m., two black men robbed a victim. Suspect 1 - very light skin. Suspect 2 - long dread locks.
* 10/18, The Avenue at Southern apartments. Between 11:30 and 11:42 p.m., a black man, around 5'8", 160 pounds, carrying a black gun, robbed a pizza delivery driver.
* 10/19, The Exchange Apartment complex. Between 12:30 and 12:43 a.m., two black men robbed a victim. One man was caught (Johnnie Mickens.) A second suspect, still at large, is a light-skinned black men, low haircut, medium build.
* 10/20, The Pointe at Southern apartments. Between 9 and 9:08 p.m., a victim was robbed by one white male, about 5'09"; and two black men, both about 5'11", All had red bandannas over their faces and they used a black semiautomatic hand gun.
* 10/24, Stadium Walk Apartments. Between 8:15 and 8:23 p.m., two black men robbed a victim. Suspect 1 - 5'09", stocky, short braids under a skull cap. Suspect 2 - low cut hair, chubby build.
* 10/24, Stadium Place Apartment complex. Two black men robbed a victim using a black semiautomatic weapon. Suspect 1 - 5'09", thin. Suspect 2 - shorter, low cut hair, big stone earring in one ear.
* 10/28, Campus Crossing Apartments.  Between 12:50 and 12:55 a.m., two black men and a white man robbed a victim using a hand gun. Suspect 1 - 6'2 ", facial hair, goatee. Suspect 2 - no description aside black man. Suspect 3 - white man, did not approach victim but possibly left in silver or gray car.

    Someone in the community knows something about the nine armed robberies that have taken place recently around the Georgia Southern University Campus, and Statesboro Police are offering a " substantial reward" for information identifying and leading to the arrests of the suspects responsible.
    Investigators believe the armed robberies - all involving one or more black males with handguns - are the work of more than one group, said Statesboro Police Capt. Scott Brunson.
    Police have photos of two suspects, and hope citizens recognize the suspects and turn them in, he said.
    During September and October, at least nine armed robberies were reported at various locations near the university campus. No one has reported being seriously injured, and no one has been robbed of a large amount of money or valuables Still, being robbed at gunpoint is frightening and opens up a world of potential danger, and police are actively seeking the suspects responsible for the robberies, Brunson said.
    "We have been working closely with GSU Police, who have been tremendously helpful," he said. "Our main concern is identifying these suspects. We need help from the public in solving this case. Someone out there has information and knows these people. We need them to come forward."
    Brunson said police keep every call and bit of information confidential. And any information, however slight, could lead to an informant receiving a monetary reward, he said.
    Brunson could not offer any reason behind the rash of armed robberies, and reminded citizens to " be aware of your surroundings, stay in well-lighted and well-populated areas," and report any suspicious activity to police.
    Anyone with information about the armed robberies is asked to contact Statesboro Police Det. Ben Purvis at the SPD Criminal Investigations Division (912) 764-1542, or the Statesboro Police Department's main line at 764-9911.

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