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Robbery interrupts Thanksgiving campout in Spotsylvania
BY KEITH EPPS
Several friends were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday while they were camping out in Spotsylvania, police said.
Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Harvey said deputies responded to the 10300 block of Campbell Drive in Lee’s Hill north subdivision about 2 a.m. for a reported robbery.
Ten people ages 16 to 21 told police they were sitting around a campfire about a half-mile into the woods when five masked people entered the camp brandishing guns.
The victims gave conflicting stories about whether the guns were real or BB guns, Harvey said, but the robbers demanded cash, wallets and cellphones while distorting their voices. They got $300 to $400 in cash before leaving.
A few victims were punched or kicked during the robbery, but none required emergency medical treatment. The ones who were assaulted had made various comments to the robbers, Harvey said.
The friends, most home from college, had been having the post-Thanksgiving campout for several years. The area is well-known in the neighborhood and is commonly used for camping, Harvey said.
There were no good descriptions given of the masked robbers, Harvey said, though they appeared to be about the same ages as the victims.
Detectives are already following up on several leads and are optimistic about identifying the suspects, Harvey said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office at 540/582-7115 or Crime Solvers at 540/582-5822.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404