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Juveniles held for gunpoint robbery in South Hill

SoVaNow.com / February 01, 2017
Two juvenile suspects are in custody after an attempted robbery last week at the Subway Restaurant on East Atlantic Street in South Hill. They are being held at the W.W. Moore Detention Center in Danville.

Members of the South Hill Police Department and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office were called to the Subway on Wednesday, Jan. 25 around 8:45 p.m. after two juveniles entered the store brandishing weapons.

The two were caught on tape pointing guns at an employee working behind the counter at the restaurant, but they left empty-handed, according to South Hill Police Chief Stuart Bowen.

Within minutes of receiving the call, officers located one of the two suspects in the area. The 15-year old was wearing clothing that matched the description of one of the robbers. He also had a weapon in his possession.

The next day, a 17-year-old male believed by officers and detectives to be the second person involved in the robbery attempt, turned himself in to police in South Hill.

Bowen said the two, who are currently charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, brandishing a firearm, and attempted armed robbery, may face additional charges. It is up to the Commonwealth’s Attorney to decide if the pair will be tried as adults.

Detective C. Mayer asks that anyone with information about this crime to contact him at (434) 447-3104.

In other crime news, another Clarksville-area business was broken into by a person or persons who forced their way into the business through a window in the back of the store.

The most recent break-in occurred at Southside Marine & Auto on Noblin Farm Road near Clarksville late Saturday night, Jan. 21 or early Sunday morning, Jan. 22. No one was present at the shop at the time.

While local law enforcement cannot say if the crimes are linked, this is the third break-in since mid-December in the Clarksville area in which entry was gained through a window hidden from public view. The other two instances took place at American Exterminating and Your Hair Place on Highway 15 South in Clarksville.

According to Deputy Natasha Brown, the burglar or burglars at Southside Marine made off with cash, a Hummingbird fish finder, a Boss marine audio system, a Garmin handheld GPS, a Lorex digital video system, a Gateway monitor, the store’s cash register, a Yamaha generator and an ADC monitor.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, Deputy Josh Carroll investigated a larceny in La Crosse. Two victims reported that the passenger-side window of their vehicle was “busted out” and their purses — containing money, bank cards and personal information — were removed from the vehicle. At the time, the two victiims were at Charlotte Avenue in La Crosse.

The Clarksville break-in and the larceny in LaCrosse remain under investigation. Sheriff Bobby Hawkins asks that anyone with information about these or any crimes contact the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office at 434-738-6171 or Mecklenburg County Crime Solvers at 1-877-676-8477.

Also on Saturday, Carroll arrested Michael McDonald Rice of Baltimore, Maryland for driving under the influence. Carroll was on patrol on U.S. 58 heading west when he clocked a vehicle on his radar traveling 82 mph in a 60 mph zone. Approaching the driver after the stop, Carroll said he detected an odor of alcohol coming from him. After an investigation, Carroll took Rice into custody and transported him to Meherrin River Regional Jail.

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