A deputy conducting a business check in response to earlier robbery attempts Monday morning (Sept. 3) interrupted another robbery in progress and sent the suspect fleeing from the scene.
According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, a man entered the 7-Eleven in the 46100 block of Woodshire Drive in Sterling about 3:30 a.m., showed the teller a firearm and demanded cash. An LCSO deputy pulled into the parking lot as the man was trying to leave with the money.
The suspect ran from the store and as the deputy gave chase on foot, the suspect got into a vehicle near Gentry Drive and the driver sped away. Deputies searched the area but could not find the getaway car, which they described as a light-colored, four-door sedan. The suspect was described as a black male with a thin build. He was wearing a grey ski mask, a black sweatshirt with a Nike Air Jordan logo and black pants and shoes.
The deputy was one of several deputies conducting business checks and directed patrols at local convenience stores after two similar robberies were reported overnight in the Town of Leesburg. Detectives with the LCSO are working with detectives with the Leesburg Police Department in the investigation.
According to the Leesburg Police Department, officers were dispatched at 2:41 A.M. after an armed robbery was reported at the 7-Eleven convenience store in the 100 block of Dry Mill Road SW. A second call about 2:54 a.m. reported an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven store in the 700 block of Fieldstone Drive NE.
In both robberies, the preliminary investigation revealed that a male suspect wearing a mask entered the businesses, implied that he had a weapon and demanded money from the clerk. In both incidents, the suspect fled on foot prior to police arrival.
It is believed that both robberies were committed by the same suspect.
Anyone with information on the Leesburg robberies is asked to contact Detective Marco Pereira at 703-771-4546 or at MPereira@leesburgva.gov. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-443-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be sent anonymously using smart phones, texting, or your computer via Tip Submit.
Anyone with any information about the Sterling robbery is asked to contact Detective M. Grimsley of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-1021. You may also submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app. The Loudoun Sheriff app is available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.