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Search is on for Mini Mart assailants

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SoVaNow.com / April 30, 2014
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating an armed robbery that took place at Pearce’s Mini Mart in La Crosse Sunday night.

The assailants were four men who stormed the store, demanding money. Deputies say two or three of them had guns. 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.

Capt. Andy Ezell said deputies received a call from the store’s alarm company around 9:10 p.m. Arriving at the scene, they found the store owner, Mr. Pearce, uninjured after the brazen assault, despite having a gun pointed at him.

No one was seriously physically injured in the incident.

Four males entered the store brandishing guns and demanding money, police say. The suspects left in what was described to law enforcement as a silver colored 2002 Saab 9-5 station wagon, with unknown tag information.

Ezell said deputies believe at least two of the suspects were in the store a few hours before the robbery occurred, and Sheriff Bobby Hawkins added that they have reports from witnesses who saw that same car in the area earlier in the day.

While the investigation is its early stages, Hawkins believes the four may have specifically targeted the mini mart.

Right now, there is nothing to suggest the robbery suspects were local: “That is why we are reaching out to the public,” Hawkins said, “asking if anyone sees something or can identify any of the suspects that they will come forward.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Mecklenburg County Sheriff at 434-738-6171 or Crime stoppers at 877.676.8477.


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