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January 29, 2014

2nd armed robbery at laundromat reported

TIFTON —

Another armed robbery at a local laundromat has been reported this week.

A 59-year-old woman told police Monday afternoon that a black male approached her as she was sitting in her vehicle in the parking lot at Little Six Laundry located in the 400 block of North Park Avenue, according to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department.

She said the subject demanded that she give him her money. When she told him she didn’t have any, he produced a small, silver handgun and demanded the money again. The offender then went inside her vehicle and removed her purse from the back seat. He also snatched her phone from her hand and then got into a white vehicle and fled the area, traveling east on Sixth Street.

The scene was turned over to a detective.

In other unrelated cases:

• A man who lives in the 100 block of Oak Street in Omega reported Friday that someone kicked open the front door of his house and stole some items.

• A man who lives on McGinty Drive in Chula reported Friday that when he got home, he discovered the bathroom window unlocked and several items missing.

• A man reported Saturday that a woman showed up at his parent’s house on Ty Ty-Omega Road with a suitcase and walked inside. She said she was there to take care of his father and sat down at the table. The offender, Martha Thuy Dixon, 41, of Tifton, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass.

• An employee at Belk was arrested Monday after making false transactions. The report states that someone with security produced a printout of transactions that the employee had made. He said he had looked at the video footage and saw the employee make returns without having anything she was returning. The employee made a statement about what she had done and said she used the Belk credit card without her grandmother knowing she was making purchases and then adding money back on the card with refunds that there were no merchandise being returned. She was trying to cover up what she was buying. Eight transactions were made, and security said there were three more gift cards that they are starting to investigate. The report states that the offender also admitted to taking $40 from the register. Mary Katelyn McGuinty, 20, of Tifton was arrested and charged with financial transaction card fraud.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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