MOULTRIE — Moultrie police officers apprehended and charged two men in connection with two armed robberies at an Oxley’s grocery store Friday morning. Other arrests may be made pending further investigation.

Bruce Daniels Jr., 18, of 816 First Ave. N.W., was charged with armed robbery. Lamar Corbin Jr., 18, of 1753 Bob Taylor Road, was charged with two counts of armed robbery. A third man was placed under arrest, but charges against him were dropped and he was released later in the day.

Other charges are pending against the two men, but police said it was not known if they have been involved in other recent armed robberies.

Moultrie Police Sgt. Roger Lindsay, commander of the Criminal Investigations Unit, said Daniels, Corbin and an unknown person entered the Oxley’s on West Central Avenue about 8 a.m. Friday. Two carried what appeared to be pistols, and one carried a rifle; all wore masks.

Once inside the store, Lindsay said, the three men allegedly accosted store manager Mike Boggs. They stole an undetermined amount of money from the store and took control of all the employees before running outside.

As they ran from the store, Corbin allegedly accosted James Horne, a deliveryman, at gunpoint and stole an undetermined amount of money from him, Lindsay said.

A Moultrie police officer on his way to work heard about the armed robbery over his police radio, Lindsay said. The officer then saw a suspicious vehicle pulling into a residence on Joe Louis Avenue and called other officers to the scene.

Lindsay said the officers spoke with the house’s owner, Regina Nunn, who gave them written consent to search the house. Once inside, they found Corbin and Daniels, an undetermined amount of money, two pistols and clothes identified as being worn during the store robbery. The pistols found were a Rossing .38-caliber and a Daisy air gun made to look like a .45-caliber handgun.

During the investigation, Lindsay said he received an anonymous call about a rifle possibly involved in the robbery that could be found at Daniels’ residence. After getting a written consent to search from landlord Mattie Rushing, officers found a .30-06 rifle with a scope and camouflage pants identified as being worn during the robbery.

Oxley’s owner Franklin Oxley said the West Central Avenue store is usually very peaceful. Everyone who was at the store at the time of the robbery was fine, and “a good bit of stuff” was recovered by officers. It was not known, however, if all cash stolen from the store was recovered.

Lindsay said the investigation was significantly aided by the person who called the Moultrie Police Department and provided information. It showed programs like the Neighborhood Watch are working and that people understand officers cannot do everything without the public’s help, he said.

“We need more people who see a crime take place to call us,” Lindsay said. “The general public needs to get involved in the community.”

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