STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Authorities in Statesboro are investigating two armed robberies off campus near Georgia Southern University, on Lanier Drive.
Statesboro Police responded an armed robbery call at a residence at College Walk Apartment Complex around 2 a.m. They describe the suspects as two black males armed with handguns.
Around 4:10 a.m., they responded to a second call of an armed robbery that took place at a residence in the Cambridge - The Palms apartment complex. The victim offered the same description of the gunmen.
Right now, detectives investigating these incidents believe the two are connected. The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released as it becomes available.
GSU sent an Eagle Alert to warn students. In the alert, the suspects are described as three black males carrying handguns. Their faces were covered during both incidents.
This area isn't too far from where a Georgia Southern student was robbed and kidnapped last month. With other crimes reported in this general area, some say it worries them about these neighborhoods at night, but one student leader tells us he doesn't think of this as a rise in crime - rather a rise in crime reporting.
"With the expansion of Eagle Alerts into more off-campus neighborhoods helps keep our community more aware, but I don't think the university is any less safe," said Dylan John, Student Government Association, President.
"It came up at 3 in the morning and it really shocked me. I was actually scared, to tell you the truth," said Logan Bishop, Freshman.
Logan says she tries to stay safe on or off campus, especially after dark. Here's what she said when we asked if it affects her routine.
"Yes. My mom has always told me not to go out past 12, so I try not to go out at such late times."
The university also posted that an armed robbery was reported on campus an hour or so after they notified students of these robberies, but that on campus report was determined to be false.
Statesboro Police declined to comment on camera but asked anyone with information about the crimes to contact them to help get two dangerous robbers off the street.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Statesboro Police at 912.764.9911. You can also anonymously submit information to www.tipsoft.com or by texting a tip to "TIPSSPD plus your message" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is confidential.