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Police release photos of thieves who robbed Chester store owner

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CHESTER, VA (WWBT) -

Police say they need help locating two well-disguised thieves who robbed a Chester store owner outside of his store last Tuesday.

The shocking new photos show the moments when the suspects approach the owner with a shotgun. The suspects are completely covered so a description is limited. 

Police believe the thieves are in their 20's and about 5'10" to 5'11".

Chesterfield police also believe the suspects know the store owner and the store well. Detective Chris Rizzuti explains, the entire robbery was too well planned for it to be random.

Rizzuti says, the suspects were waiting for the owners to leave after closing up shop.

"He told us he heard some rustling in some nearby bushes and that he thought it was animal coming out of the woods," said Detective Rizzuti. "So he's looking at it and all of a sudden, two suspects come out of the woods armed with a shotgun."

Detective Rizzuti says, the owners readily handed over their cash - about $100. The suspects then fled on foot, ditching their clothes in the process.

"We found a hooded sweatshirt and a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap," he said. "We've sent it in for testing."

For now, the store owners and their customers say, they'll remain on edge until these guys are caught.

If you can help police, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward.

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