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Rash of armed robberies linked
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Five armed robberies, some occurring within minutes of each other, took place over a period of less than two hours at various locations around Hinesville on Nov. 3.
Hinesville Police believe the robberies, which occurred between 8:27-10:10 p.m., are connected.
Victims reported that two masked gunmen armed with Tech 9 weapons drove up in a silver car and demanded the victims “empty their pockets,” according to police reports.
“The victims were out and about and these guys just confronted them,” said Det. Butch Kesner of the Hinesville Police Department. “The suspects left from one (robbery) and went to the next. Everybody (victims) did what they needed to do, which is give them what they wanted if they had it. Your life is more valuable than what is in your wallet.”
Kesner said the vehicle driven by the suspects is believed to be a silver Chevrolet Malibu or a Monte Carlo, likely around a 2006 model. Police have not yet received a possible tag number on the suspects’ vehicle.
The first armed robbery occurred at 8:27 p.m. on Saunders Avenue. Two Hinesville men were walking when the suspects drove up. According to the police report, a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt stepped out of the car and demanded the victims empty their pockets. The driver of the getaway car was wearing a patterned military hooded sweatshirt and held his weapon out of the car window, police reported.
The second robbery occurred at about 9:30 p.m. on Frank Cochran Drive. In this incident, a Hinesville man and his family had pulled into their apartment complex. These victims said they saw a four-door sedan parked at the entrance. The victim said when he and his family got out of their car, the suspects’ car approached and one of the suspects jumped out of the vehicle and robbed them. The man reported the suspects took $3 in cash and left.
Then at 9:40 p.m., the robbery suspects struck on Pineland Avenue. An Allenhurst woman, visiting a friend, parked in front of a Hinesville apartment complex. The suspects pulled up beside her, according to the police report. She described one of the suspects as a man wearing a black hat with a black mask over his face. The woman said the suspect tapped on her window with a gun and yelled for her to “give up her papers” and anything else. The woman gave him $40 and her cell phone.
Then at 9:45 p.m., two Hinesville men flagged down a police officer who was patrolling the area on Frank Cochran Drive. The men told the officer a man got out of a silver car and pulled a gun. The suspect took the victims’ cell phones, according to the police report. One of the men told police the suspect was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and a brown belt. This victim described the suspect as a light-skinned black male, approximately five feet, six or seven inches tall. All of the victims' descriptions were similar.
The fifth and final incident occurred at about 10:10 p.m. on Bridlepath Court, according to police. A Bridlepath Court woman told police she backed her car into her driveway when a silver vehicle pulled in front of her with its high beams on.
A passenger in the car got out and approached her before she got out of her vehicle, she said. The woman said the suspect held a handgun to her head, used profanity and demanded money. The woman reported she held up her purse, but the suspect pushed it away and said he wasn’t touching it.
He told her to take money out of the purse, according to the police report. The woman told the suspect she didn’t have any money. The driver of the suspects’ vehicle then yelled for the first suspect to leave, according to the report. The woman told police that as the first suspect got into the vehicle, she heard him say he should have shot her. No property or money was taken in this incident.
No similar incidents have been reported since Nov. 3, and the robberies are under investigation. Anyone with information about the cases can call Kesner at 368-8215.
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