Suspects caught on video holding up 7-Eleven

Published 9:58 am Friday, July 29, 2011

Two suspected armed robbers were caught on video at the 7-Eleven on Carrsville Highway outside Franklin. - SUBMITTED

FRANKLIN—A detective with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday he has suspects in a July 19 armed robbery at the 7-Eleven on Carrsville Highway.

Det. J.P. Hopko also believes that the two robbers, who got away with $212, may have held up a 7-Eleven in Sussex County two days later at 4:30 a.m.

In the local robbery, the robbers walked into the 7-Eleven near the closed International Paper mill outside Franklin at 12:30 a.m. One had a silver gun with black handles and demanded money, while the other stayed closer to the door as a lookout, Hopko said.

“He said (to the clerk) give me the (expletive) money,” Hopko said. “He made her open the drawer and took the money out of the drawer.”

The robbers left the store on foot.

“She (the clerk) never saw a vehicle,” Hopko said. “It was either parked in back or on the other side of Joe’s Pizza or the shopping center.”

The man carrying the gun was described as a 6-foot-3 black male in his later 20s-early 30s and weighing about 180 pounds. He was wearing a rust-colored T-shirt, black stocking cap and baseball cap. He also was believed to be wearing white makeup on his face.

The other robber was black, stood 5-foot-6 and weighed about 150 pounds. He was wearing black clothing.

The suspects were caught on camera; a picture and video were released to the media on Thursday.

The holdup at the 7-Eleven is among a dozen that have occurred at the chain’s stores in the region since July 2, Hopko said. In recent months, a total of 27 7-Elevens have been held up in Chesapeake, Sussex, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 357-2151 or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.