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Drakes Branch man charged with Gator’s Store robbery / March 28, 2018
A Drakes Branch man initially arrested Sunday for possession of drugs received more charges on Monday after he was linked to a robbery at a Chase City convenience store.

On Monday Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office served Adam Wayne Roark, 34 of Drakes Branch, with additional charges for his alleged role in the robbery of Gator’s Store on Highway 92 in Chase City. He was already locked up at Meherrin River Regional Jail, having been arrested Sunday on possession of narcotics and possession of marijuana charges. His bond, originally set at $1,500 has been revoked. He is now in jail under no bond.

The cases that led to the arrest of Roark began Saturday, when authorities were called to Gator’s Store in the 14,000 block of Highway 92 around 6:15 a.m.

A clerk on duty at the time told Cpl. Mark Thomas a man with a cloth covering his face, except for two eye holes, entered the store demanding money and a carton of Newport cigarettes. He was dressed in dark clothes and his eyes were covered by sunglasses. He also had what appeared to be a gun in his hand. The weapon was covered, with only the barrel exposed.

The clerk said the man’s hands were not covered and she believed he was Caucasian. He left the store on foot.

During his investigation Thomas found that the phone line at the back of the store had been cut, but he was able to recover video of the incident.

The next night, a run of the mill disturbance call brought Deputy Josh Carroll to a home in the 8000 block of Trottinridge Road in Skipwith. The call came in around 5 p.m. Sunday.

Entering the home, Carroll said he saw broken items littering the floor and a man, identified as Adam Wayne Roark, 34, who appeared to be the cause of the disturbance. After Carroll detained Roark, he recovered what appeared to be a crack pipe and a green leafy substance later identified as marijuana.

Roark was charged with felony possession of controlled substance and a summons for marijuana and taken to Meherrin River Regional Jail.

After investigation, Roark was also tied to the break in at Gator’s Store, which occurred Saturday morning, March 24. Investigator B.J. Mull served Roark, who was already in jail on the drug related charges, with a warrant for robbery.

In other crimes, on Monday Cpl. Travis Baisey met with a victim who reported his red and black color wood splitter was taken from his home in the 200 block of Miles Creek Road in South Hill. The victim said he believes the theft occurred while he was in the hospital the prior week.

Anyone with information about this crime or any crime is encouraged to contact the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office at (434) 738-6171.

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