Authorities investigate two store robberies

By Brie Handgraaf

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Rocky Mount police are investigating whether two Thursday night store robberies are connected.

According to police reports, officers responded just before 8 p.m. to the Dollar General at 641 Tarrytown Center where two suspects reportedly robbed the store and a customer at gunpoint before running south through the parking lot. At least three were in the store when it happened, but no one was injured.

The suspects are described as black men between 18 and 25 years old with their faces partially covered. One was described as 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-11 tall with a slim build and wearing a gray fleece jacket and dark pants. The second suspect was wearing a dark hooded jacket and black toboggan.

Rocky Mount police responded to a hold-up alarm about 20 minutes later at Gold Rock Food Mart at 1209 Gold Rock Road. Authorities said the owner reported he was the only one in the store when two suspects brandished handguns and stole money and tobacco products before fleeing toward Niblick Drive. The victim was not injured.

Both suspects were described as black men with black face masks and black ball caps. One was wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and black jeans while the second’s outfit is described as a black and white checkered flannel jacket and baggy jeans.

“We are looking into the possibility that these cases may be related with the close proximity and short time frame between the incidents,” Rocky Mount police Cpl. Mike Lewis said.

Police said witnesses assisted police in both incidents by giving detailed descriptions of the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 977-1111 or crimestoppers@