Statesboro police detectives are seeking information about two armed robbery incidents that occurred within hours of each other early Thursday morning at two university-area apartment complexes.
The incidents did not happen on the Georgia Southern University campus, but at College Walk and Cambridge – The Palms apartments, both located on Lanier Drive, which borders the campus, according to reports.
Around 2 a.m., officers were called to a College Walk apartment, where victims said two black males bearing handguns held them at gunpoint, said Statesboro Police Community Information Specialist Madison Bridges.
Police were called out again at 4:10 a.m., this time to an armed robbery incident reported at Cambridge-The Palms apartments, she said. The victims of this armed robbery also “described the suspects as two black males armed with handguns,” she said.
It is likely the same suspects committed both crimes.
“At this time, detectives of the Statesboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau investigating these incidents believe that the two are connected,” Bridges said.
While the incidents happened off campus, Georgia Southern University officials issued an “Eagle Alert” to students. The information in the alert differed slightly from the Statesboro Police Department’s release.
“Two armed robberies have occurred off campus in the early morning hours at approximately 3 a.m. at College Walk and at 5 a.m. at the Cambridge-The Palms apartments on Lanier Drive,” the alert read, listing suspects as being “three black males with faces covered, carrying handguns.” The alert urged students to “Please use extreme caution and avoid the area” and contact the Statesboro police if they saw anything suspicious.
Bridges said the cases are still under investigation.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911; submit online anonymous tips at www.tipsoft.com or by sending the text “TPSSPD” followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, Bridges said.