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Four arrested in La Crosse store armed robbery

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In-store video captured these images of the suspects.
SoVaNow.com / May 01, 2014
Four young suspects were arrested in connection with the robbery that took place on Sunday night at Pearce’s Mini Mart in La Crosse.

Thursday morning at approximately 8:30 a.m., three of the suspects from the Colonial Heights area were arrested and taken into custody by Petersburg Police Department. Arrested, were Kory Miles, 19, Bashir Amin, also 19, and an unnamed friend, a 17-year-old juvenile. Jonathan Sink, 20, who is also from the Colonial Heights area, is currently detained in Riverside Regional Jail on unrelated charges of grand larceny and will have warrants served on him later.

During his investigation, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Investigator Jason Seamans recovered evidence that allegedly linked the four to the robbery at Pearce’s Mini Mart, but Capt. Andy Ezell would not release the exact nature of that evidence. Instead, he said the four suspects are being charged with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. More charges are pending for the robbery, which Ezell called “drug related.”

Investigator Jason Seamans with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants late Tuesday afternoon and served them on the suspects Thursday morning..

The four suspects are alleged to have entered Pearce’s Mini Mart with several of them brandishing guns, demanding money. One climbed over the counter and struck a store clerk. The store’s owner, Billy Pearce, was robbed at gunpoint.

The store was the scene of the murder of Pearce’s father, Bunny, then the owner of the mini-mart, in June 1998.

No one was seriously injured in this most recent incident.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office was aided in this investigation by the public who, Ezell said, contacted the office after seeing pictures the sheriff’s office published in the local newspapers.

Mecklenburg Sheriff Bobby Hawkins and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office expressed their thanks to the public for their assistance in making these arrests so quickly. Also, Hawskins issued a special thanks to the Colonial Heights Police Department, Petersburg Police Department, and Channel 6 news for putting the suspects’ vehicle and picture on the air.

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