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Holdup, attempted holdup may be linked

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An early morning attempted robbery at a Spotsylvania County convenience store Sunday and a robbery at an Ashland convenience store less than an hour later may be linked, police said.

Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded at 3:17 a.m. to the 5124 block of Mudd Tavern Road in the Thornburg area for a reported robbery in progress at the Citgo Quik Mart.

He said a man wearing all black with a bandana over his face entered the store carrying a rifle.

The store clerk, who was standing outside of the store when the man went in, ran away from the store and called 911, Pearce said.

The man, described as a light-skinned black man wearing a black coat and a black knit hat, fled the store without any money, he said.

Pearce said that description fits the same as a suspect who held up an Ashland 7–Eleven store in Hanover County about 30 minutes later.

Spotsylvania deputies and Ashland police officers are working together on the case, he said.

—Portsia Smith