Holdup, attempted holdup may be linked
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.