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MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) -- There were some tense moments for Millbrook residents Friday morning as police requested the lockdown of three local schools.
Stanhope Elmore High School and Millbrook Jr. and Middle Schools were put on lockdown as numerous agencies went about hunting for armed robbers.
Millbrook Police say the events that led up to Friday's lockdowns actually started in the early morning hours of Thursday. Officers responded to a 3am robbery at the Kwik Shop on Highway 14 and Grandview Road. Suspects, at least one armed with a gun, heldup the convenience store before fleeing.
A little more than 24 hours later on Friday morning another Qwik Shop was targeted, this time at 3391 Main Street. Again, armed suspects robbed the store and fled.
Millbrook police, the Alabama Department of Corrections K-9 tracking unit, the Elmore County Sheriff's Department, the Wetumpka Police Department and the Alabama Department of Public Safety started a manhunt.
Officials say they found a suspect vehicle on Edgewood Road a short time later and arrested one suspect, while a second man fled on foot. As the investigation went on, officers discovered that a third suspect was on foot in the area as well.
Since the search area was close to the schools, officials made the decision to put them on lockdown.
In all, three suspects were taken into custody. They are identified as Alonza Cavelle Dixon, 21, Rodney Sherrod Croskey, 18, and Devikiyo Renardo Sankey, 17, all of Montgomery.
Each was charged with two counts of Robbery First Degree and were taken to the Elmore County Jail.
Chief P.K. Johnson said in a written statement, "It is highly unusual for us to have two robberies in a month, much less two 25 hours apart. From the time we received the call until the last suspect was taken into custody, our patrol officers, detectives and...special operations unit worked...to locate and apprehend the suspects, without anyone being injured."
The schools eventually came out of lockdown and continued classes as normal.
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