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Valdosta Middle School briefly placed on lockdown due to armed robbery

The lockdown has since been lifted
Posted at 2:10 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 16:02:03-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — The Valdosta Police Department says an armed robbery prompted a lockdown at Valdosta Middle School Monday afternoon.

On Monday around 1:18 pm, VPD officers responded to a business in the 100 block of Northside Drive, in reference to an armed robbery.

They say an unknown man went into the business with a gun and demanded an undisclosed amount of money. Detectives believe the suspect then ran away from the area. A K-9 responded to the area and searched for the suspect but was not able to find him.

The incident prompted a brief lock down at Valdosta Middle.

There were no injuries reported during this incident. This case is actively under investigation.

If anyone has any information on this case, please contact the Valdosta Police Department’s Investigations Bureau at 229-293-3145 or the Crime Tip Line at 229-293-3091.

Valdosta Middle School is currently on lockdown due to authorities searching for a wanted suspect in the area.

Valdosta City Schools says an incident happened in a neighboring area and the suspect is still at large.

Everyone inside VMS is accounted for and safe. The school will remain on lockdown until further notice from authorities.

Valdosta City Schools alerted VMS families about the lockdown via their emergency calling system, website and social media sites around 1:50p.m. on Monday.

Officials say they will continue to share information hourly or as it becomes available.