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Burglary reported at Clarksville McDonald’s

SoVaNow.com / May 01, 2013
McDonald’s in Clarksville was closed for business Tuesday morning as police investigated a possible burglary at the Virginia Avenue fast-food outlet.

According to Clarksville police, workers entering the building around 5:00 a.m. discovered an unspecified amount of money missing from the cash registers. There was no visible damage to the building, inside or out, and no sign of forced entry. Police also said it appeared that nothing other than the cash was disturbed or removed.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone who may have seen something suspicious or has information about the incident is asked to contact the Clarksville Police at 434-374-5743.

In other crimes, Clarksville Police Chief Ricky Wilkinson suffered a broken leg after apprehending a juvenile accused of brandishing a weapon.

Wilkinson and Corporal James Crawford were on duty around 7:43 p.m. on April 23 when they received a complaint that a group of juveniles were arguing near the corner of Market and Fifth Streets in Clarksville. A follow-up caller claimed that one of the juveniles was brandishing a gun.

When Wilkinson approached the group, the teen believed to have possession of the gun took off running. Wilkinson followed.

When he ran off, the minor was carrying a backpack which Wilkinson believed was hiding the gun. But by the time he was apprehended, the teen was not in possession of a backpack.

The youth was subsequently taken into custody by Crawford while Wilkinson searched the area looking for the weapon and the bag. It was during the search that Wilkinson suffered a break to his leg. Still, with the assistance of Crawford, he located the backpack, inside of which was a loaded gun.

The 17-year old juvenile has been charged with possession of a concealed weapon, brandishing a firearm and under-18 possession of a handgun. He is currently being held in a juvenile detention facility in Danville while awaiting trial.

The teen was new to Clarksville, having recently been placed in a foster home here. Previously he lived in the Danville area, police said.

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