Police are looking for the man who robbed a convenience store clerk at gunpoint. Now, the owner is offering a $500 reward for anyone who can help lead to an arrest and conviction.
The man was caught on camera holding up the store. Police hope someone will recognize the suspect and call police. They say the BP in Hopewell was robbed just minutes before the store was supposed to close Saturday night.
The owner says this isn't the first time he's been targeted. The BP store clerk was helping a customer around 11:30 when a man, dressed in all black, rushed in and pushed the customer aside. He demanded the clerk open to the cash register at gunpoint. The robber quickly filled his bag and was gone in 20 seconds.
"This one could have been a lot worse," said Hopewell Police Sgt. John Hunter. "Thank God nobody was injured, nobody was hurt and no shots were fired."
Sgt. Hunter says he believes the man acted alone and is unsure if he had a get-away driver. He asks anyone who recognizes the man to call police.
"Well the community can keep their ears open because eventually he'll probably brag about it, talk about it so they might hear it," Sgt. Hunter said.
Police say he appears to be in his late teens or early twenties, between 5'9" and 5'11" and 160 to 170 pounds. The ski mask and baseball cap hide his face, but at least police have video to analyze. Dozens of security cameras dot the ceilings and wrap around the exterior. He encourages every store owner to invest in similar safety measures.
"If you get a gun stuck in your face you're going to be scared, confused and for a whIle, you may not remember exactly what happened," Sgt. Hunter noted. "The video is not scared. It records exactly what happened, the truth to the nth degree."
The owner tells me the store was robbed several years ago. He was just robbed four months ago at a separate location. Police say they've experienced several robberies in the tri-cities, but they aren't sure if this man is connected to them. Police are asking for your help.
If you have any information that can lead to an arrest, call Crime Solvers anonymously at 541-2202.
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