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Armed robbery reported on island
A St. Simons Island woman reported being robbed at gunpoint about a quarter-mile from the island's police precinct.

According to a Glynn County Police Department report released Monday, Stella Steward, 29, of St. Simons Island and Kristy Wilkes Murphey, 29, of Darien, were sitting in a green 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer just before 1 p.m. Friday in a parking lot at 1600 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island.

Steward and Murphey told police two women drove into the parking space next to their car in a gold 2002 Ford Explorer, with a child in the back seat, and one of them asked Steward for directions.

Steward said a 5-foot, 7-inch, heavy-set black woman with long braids, wearing a white shirt and khaki pants, got out of the Explorer and approached her car asking Steward where St. Simons Island is.

After Steward told the woman she was on the island, the woman reportedly then asked her where the beach is.

Before Steward could answer, the woman pulled a small silver handgun from her waistband, pointed it at Steward and demanded that she hand over her purse, Steward told police.

Steward told police she complied, and when the armed woman reportedly got back in the Explorer to drive away, Steward took down the suspects' license plate number.

Steward told police the purse contained her smartphone, money and other financial and identification cards. The purse and its contents were valued at more than $500.

The report did not specify whether the suspects had been found and arrested, but it inventoried a .25 caliber weapon police reportedly found on the dashboard of a suspect vehicle.

Police reportedly confiscated a Bryco Arms .25 caliber handgun and four rounds of ammunition. The gun was seized from Candice Latrelle Bennefield of Brunswick, according to the report.



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