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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007

Lacey's Spring robbery
Spa, naked customers, attendents robbed by masked assailants

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

LACEY'S SPRING —Armed robbers hauled naked customers and attendants from private rooms at a spa during a robbery, Morgan County sheriff's investigators said Wednesday.

Investigator Terry Kelly said two black males carrying handguns and an unarmed white female, wearing ski masks and bandannas over their faces, entered Illusion Spa at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.

According to its Web site, the spa at 1138 U.S. 231 rents out hot tubs and the services of female attendants for $80 an hour. The two-attendant special costs $140 an hour.

When the robbers entered, two attendants were in separate rooms with customers and a third woman was working the desk, said investigator Terry Kelly.

One gunman held the woman at the desk at gunpoint and tried to force her to open the safe while the other two went to one of the rooms and pulled out the attendant and customer, Kelly said.

The attendant in the other room heard the commotion.

When she opened the door to see what was going on, the robbers forced her and her customer out of the room and into the lobby with the others, Kelly said.

Both attendants and customers were naked, Kelly said.

One of the female attendants knew the combination and opened the safe. The robbers took the women's purses, the men's wallets and money from the safe, a total of about $1,700 cash, Kelly said.

The robbers left without hurting anyone.

"We have reason to believe a forth accomplice acted as the driver," Kelly said. "They were possibly in a white Dodge Stratus."

Immediately afterwards, Kelly said, the two customers also high-tailed it.

"We have no information on the two customers," Kelly said, "because they left before we got there. We would like to talk to them, and we promise we will handle it discreetly if they contact us."

Kelly can be reached at 560-6196.

The spa has previously been the subject of prostitution investigations by the sheriff's office. Following a raid on the spa in 2004, Huntsville police said it was part of a major prostitution ring.

According to Illusion's Web site, "Once you arrive at Illusion Spa, you will have an opportunity to meet each of our attendants. If after this point, you choose to stay, you will be able to choose one of our attendants. No Pressures or obligations. You see the Attendant of YOUR choice. ... We feel sure you will enjoy your visit and come again and again to visit with the beautiful ladies!!"

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