Fatal Macon robbery possibly connected to 3 others

Glenda Sue Mitchell had just returned home from shopping Tuesday night.

The 61-year-old Macon woman was walking up to her door, 1095 Newberg Ave., when a man shot her in the chest, rifled through her pockets and took her purse, according to the Macon police.

A neighbor heard two gunshots just before 8:20 p.m. and looked outside, seeing a man wearing a white hooded shirt running from the side door of Mitchell’s house and out of sight, according to a police report.

After dialing 911, the neighbor went inside Mitchell’s house and found her lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to her chest.

Mitchell died in surgery at The Medical Center of Central Georgia at 12:50 a.m.

Her neighbors described her as a kind woman who lived alone in her white house on the corner of Newberg Avenue and Hollis Road near an Interstate 75 overpass.

She kept to herself and enjoyed doing yard work.

Police have no suspects.

Three other armed robberies were reported within an hour of Mitchell’s killing and the cases could be related, said Macon police Lt. Robert Grabowski.

“There are some similarities in a couple of them,” he said, adding clothing descriptions were similar.

Mitchell’s killing and two of the robberies also occurred in a close proximity in south Macon.

Ÿ Between 7:55 and 8 p.m., a 73-year-old Canterbury Road man said he was replacing a burned out bulb on his Christmas lights when a man wearing a black mask walked up behind him, according to a police report.

The robber pointed a black handgun at him and demanded his valuables, according to the report.

The robber then ordered the man to lie down on the ground as he searched his pockets. When the robber found that the man only had a tissue and handkerchief in his pocket, he walked away on Canterbury Road, according to the report.

The robber is described as being an 18- to 22-year-old black man between 5 feet, 8 inches and 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 170 to 180 pounds, according to the report.

Ÿ At 7:20 p.m., a 54-year-old Nelson Street woman reported she was parked in front of an apartment at Linkwood Manor Apartments, 3389 Sherry Drive, and was preparing to drive off when an armed man knocked on her car window, according to a police report.

The man pointed a small handgun at the woman and fired as she quickly backed the car up, according to the report.

The woman said she sped out of the apartment complex and drove toward Pio Nono Avenue.

The gunman is described as a 5-foot-4-inch black man between 20 and 25 years old who weighs 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black bandanna over his face, a black hood, dark jacket and dark colored pants, according to the report.

Ÿ At 8:45 p.m., a black man wearing all black with a black ski mask and a desert camouflage hat entered the front door of Burger King, 3025 Pio Nono Ave., according to a police report.

Armed with a silver and black handgun, the man went behind the counter and took cash from the cash drawer, according to the report. While walking out the front door, the robber dropped a .32 caliber bullet on the floor, according to the report. The robber is described as being an 18- to 22-year-old black man between 5 feet, 3 inches and 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing between 160 and 170 pounds, according to the report.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Macon police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68CRIME.

Writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report.