Suspects sought in pair of robberies

WARRENTON, Ga. - Suspects in a pair of separate armed robberies, including one at a post office in Jewell, kept local, state and federal law enforcement busy Friday in Warren County.


The first robbery happened about 1:15 p.m. at the post office, off Georgia Highway 16 about eight miles south of Warrenton. Warren County Sheriff Joe Peebles said a man walked in wearing a handkerchief as a mask and armed with a knife.

The man attempted to tie the postmaster up with postal tape and a telephone cord. She fought him off, but he still got away with the money, Sheriff Peebles said.

While trying to flee, the robber dropped his wallet, containing his driver's license, Social Security card and a pair of sunglasses, Sheriff Peebles said. Authorities later recovered the items and identified the robber as a Thomson man.

Sheriff Peebles said Dennis L. Ficklin, 41, was still being sought Friday night. He is believed to be driving a gray, two-door Nissan Sentra with a McDuffie County license plate of 994-BTM.

The postmaster was slightly injured and was taken to McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson. She was treated and released, the sheriff said.

The second robbery occurred shortly before 6 p.m. at Tri-County Insurance Agency, off U.S. Highway 278 near Warrenton.

In that robbery, a man wearing a handkerchief as a mask and brandishing a handgun got away with the cash, Sheriff Peebles said. The owner of the business was not injured.

The robberies are not connected, he said.

Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call the Warren County Sheriff's Department at (706) 465-3340.