Montezuma Police investigate armed robbery

Published 6:09 pm Thursday, September 17, 2015

MONTEZUMA — At about 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, officers of the Montezuma Police Department were dispatched to the Mini Market at 333 Drayton St. to a report of armed robbery.
According to a press release from the Montezuma Police Department, witnesses stated that two masked men entered the store with guns and held the two employees at gunpoint and demanded money. The gunman took money, cigarettes and lottery tickets from the business. The gunmen tied the employees hands’ together with zip ties and told them to get into one of the employees vehicles where they then went to one of the employees’ residence.
While at the residence, the suspects demanded the employee’s wife give them money. She complied and they left the residence in the employee’s vehicle. While officers were arriving on the scene, they met the fleeing vehicle. Officers Chris Halstead and Leigha Chavers began following the vehicle and noticed that the vehicle had wrecked on Martin Luther King Drive. The suspects had left the vehicle and began running through the neighborhood.
Montezuma Police Chief Eric Finch said, “I am glad that no one was hurt in this incident. This is a case where we had to work three different crime scenes and we called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to assist us.”
Police officers followed the trail of the suspects and located some of the stolen items which were to be sent to the Georgia Crime Lab in Atlanta, this week. It was also reported that neighbors stated that they saw a gray Infiniti four-door with a Louisiana license plate acting suspiciously in the neighborhood and then drove off at a  high rate of speed after the incident.
The police chief said, “Our officers got there very quickly and possibly saved their lives. I would like to thank the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Oglethorpe Police Department and the Marshallville Police Department, and the Georgia  Bureau of Investigations who assisted us in this case.”
Currently, Montezuma Police are looking for possibly two black males who entered the store wearing masks. If you have any information concerning this case, you may can make contact by inboxing the  Montezuma Police Department Facebook page, or calling 478-472-6260 or contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigations at 229-931-2439.