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Grovetown hotel nearly robbed by masked men

Posted: November 9, 2011 - 12:27pm

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A hotel clerk called authorities early Wednesday claiming two armed and disguised men tried to get into the hotel office.

The night clerk called 911 after seeing two men try to get into the office of the Red Roof Inn on Belair Frontage Road near Interstate 20, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The clerk said that just before midnight Tuesday two men with their faces covered with black cloths or shirts tried to get into the lobby of the hotel. They were unable to get in because the second set of doors is kept locked at night.

When the clerk realized the men were armed, he said he reached over the counter for the phone and called 911. The men ran back outside and behind the Econo Lodge next door.

Another hotel employee told deputies that she saw a third man – a white man wearing a green ski mask.

The hotel manager said she has video surveillance footage of the attempted robbery.

Sheriff's deputies were not able to track the men using a canine tracking team.

Anyone with information about this robbery should call the sheriff's office at (706) 541-2800.

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