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Patrons, employees robbed at Atlanta library

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Minutes before an Atlanta library was set to close for the day on Friday, two men came in and robbed seven people who were inside.

Robert Kent was there with his 6-year-old son.

"The door opened and I heard somebody scream. I heard somebody say 'Get down'. So we just got down and curled up under the table. We hoped that we'd be missed but we weren't," said Kent.

The pair entered the Perry Homes Library on Bolton Road Northwest just before 5:45 p.m. and took purses, cell phones and cash from the victims.

"I'm like who robs a library? That's the first thing that hit me. Who robs a library?" said Glen Fortenberry. The robbers took $90 from him.

Both men were carrying a weapon, according to Atlanta police. The men shouted for the victims to lay down on the floor and empty their pockets.

No one was injured, according to investigators. No library property was taken.

The library is located in Atlanta Councilwoman Felicia Moore's district.

"These people are really cowards and what they have done is shaken a sense of security,"
said Moore. "People do not expect to come to the library where they are reading, using the computer and trying to take advantage of the educational information and somebody is going to come and take their belongings. It's just ridiculous."

A spokesman for the library said they will increase police patrols and put additional security measures in place to try and keep this from happening again.

"This has really shaken the community. I've gotten emails, I've gotten calls and I've personally been told about it," said Moore. "Facebook is blowing up. The community is really concerned and upset about this."

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