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Brookneal robbery suspects arrested / October 31, 2013

Two men wanted in last Friday’s armed robbery of the Brookneal Jiffy Store were arrested late Monday night.

Adam Scott King, 30, of L.P. Bailey Highway in Nathalie and Johnny Thompson, 35 of Elon Forest Road in the Prospect community are currently being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Rustburg.

King has been charged with felony counts of robbery, wearing a mask to commit a crime and with destruction of property. Thompson has been charged with robbery. The charges were filed by Brookneal Police Chief Ricky Baldwin.

Their arrests followed a late night search by members of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department, who joined Virginia State Police, Campbell County Sheriff’s deputies and the Brookneal Police Department in searching for the men. Reports at the time indicated the suspects headed into Halifax County following the break-in.

Halifax Sheriff’s Deputy T. A. Mocarsky was patrolling in the Nathalie area when the report came over from Campbell County authorities to be on the lookout for a white, four-door vehicle believed to have been involved in the break-in.

Mocarsky spotted a vehicle matching that description in a driveway on Acorn Road. When he pulled into the driveway, two subjects ran from the car. The men were pursued on foot by Halifax County deputies, State Police, Campbell and Brookneal law enforcement officers, as well as a tracking dog.

After searching in vain, the hunt was called off when officers decided the men had likely been picked up by someone else.

The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash from the business after smashing the front glass door with a baseball bat to gain admittance into the building.

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