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Reward offered in search for robbers

Local and state law enforcement authorities are offering a reward of $500 for information that might lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who committed armed robberies of two businesses in McDuffie County last week.

Sheriff Logan Marshall said he still doesn't know whether the same man is responsible for robberies that occurred on Jan. 3 at Extreme Convenience Store at 1965 Washington Road and Jan. 4 at the Chevron Food Mart at 2657 Cobbham Road.

"There are similarities in both cases, but beyond that I don't want to say anything more at this point," Sheriff Marshall told The McDuffie Mirror.

Authorities are asking for the public's help in solving the two robberies.

"We're asking for anyone to call us who might know who the man is in the photograph," said Mike Ayers, special agent in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson.

In both robberies, the suspect was described as black, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing between 200 and 210 pounds.

Those with information are asked to contact the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office at (706) 595-2145.

No injuries were reported in either robbery.

Deputy Jared Land of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office responded to the robbery at Extreme Convenience Store.

The next night, Deputy Alan Baldwin was the first law enforcement officer to arrive on the scene.

In each case the robber brandished a handgun and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, Sheriff Marshall said.

The cases are being probed by Sheriff's Investigator Al Reeves and GBI Special Agent Tony Williamson.

Web posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011

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