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Armed robbery suspects sought in Thomson after Tuesday crime

Two men - one of whom was reportedly armed with a rifle or shotgun - were being sought following an armed robbery of a business on Main Street in Thomson on Tuesday afternoon.

As of nightfall, no arrests had been made.

Thomson Police Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle said two men, both of whom were described as black, entered Express Cash Title Pawn at 476 Main Street and demanded cash from an employee. One of the men was armed with some type of "long gun," Lt. Whittle said.

No one was injured.

After retrieving an undisclosed amount of cash, the robbers fled out a back door. They were not reportedly seen again until someone spotted them removing their shirts. The two suspects last were seen running across Martin Luther King, Jr. Street towards Ellington Avenue, Lt. Whittle said.

A K-9 officer and his dog from the Columbia County Sheriff's Department were called to the scene to search for the suspects. Thomson police officers, as well as deputies with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department, troopers with the Georgia State Patrol and special agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation joined together in a search for the suspects. McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall and Investigator Larry Adaway also assisted in the search for the robbers.

Immediately after the robbery, a perimeter was set up around the business, along Wilson Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Gordon Street and Ellington Avenue. A wooded area behind Wal-Mart also was searched.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to contact the Thomson Police Department at 706-595-2166.

Web posted on Thursday, July 16, 2009

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