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Suspects held in armed robbery / May 07, 2014
Following an intensive police search, four young suspects were arrested in connection with the armed robbery that took place April 27 at Pearce’s Mini Mart in La Crosse.

Thursday, May 1, at approximately 8:30 a.m., three of the suspects from the Colonial Heights area were arrested and taken into custody by officers with the 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 being detained in Riverside Regional Jail on unrelated charges of grand larceny and will have warrants served on him later for the armed robbery.

At the time of his arrest, on May 1, Amin was charged with felony robbery by the City of Petersburg Police Department. Miles was transported to Riverside Regional Jail, but was not charged by the Petersburg Police, said Petersburg Police PIO Esther Hyatt.

Lt. Chris Whittemore, with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office said Commonwealth’s Attorney Nora Miller expects to seek indictments against the four at the upcoming grand jury session, May 19.

During his investigation, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Investigator Jason Seamans recovered evidence that linked the four to the robbery at Pearce’s Mini Mart, but Mecklenburg Capt. Andy Ezell has not indicated 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 Seamans obtained warrants late Tuesday afternoon and served them on the suspects on Thursday morning of last week.

The four suspects are alleged to have entered Pearce’s Mini Mart — several of them brandishing guns — and demanded money from the store staff. 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-owner of the mini-mart, in June 1998.

No one was seriously injured in this most recent incident.

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.

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