Second Georgia man arrested in scary mask robberies in Lawrence

photo by: Journal-World File Photo

A Lawrence police car sits outside a crime scene in this file photo from 2009.

A second man from Georgia has been arrested in connection with a series of armed home-invasion robberies where one suspect reportedly wore a scary mask.

Corey T. Allen, 30, of McDonough, Ga., made his first appearance in Douglas County District Court on Monday, after being booked into the jail late Friday night.

Allen is charged with seven crimes in all: three counts of aggravated robbery while armed with a gun and two counts of aggravated burglary, all felonies; plus two counts of theft, both misdemeanors. According to the complaint, the crimes occurred on Feb. 20 at two locations, the 2000 block of West Sixth Street and the 3100 block of Ousdahl Road. Allen allegedly stole music production equipment from the people in one home, and cell phones, an Xbox controller and “coins” from people in the other.

Judge James George set Allen’s bond at $125,000 and appointed him an attorney. The prosecutor noted there were two co-defendants in the case, who Allen is not to interact with, but did not name them in court.

The Journal-World previously reported that True J. Shipley, 20, of Covington, Ga., was arrested in May and charged in connection with the same home-invasion robberies.

Shipley, who posted $125,000 bond in July, is scheduled to enter a plea in his case on Wednesday, according to court records.

Prior to Shipley’s arrest, police requested tips from the public and shared more information in the case, including photos of a suspected getaway car and a photo of a smiling mask from the horror movie “The Purge” that one suspect allegedly wore.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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