Hanover officials investigating truck stop robberies

Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 11:43 am

Hanover officials are investigating whether two early morning robberies of the same location are connected.

Hanover authorities are seeking to identify the above suspect, captured here on surveillance footage.

Hanover authorities are seeking to identify the above suspect, captured here on surveillance footage.

According to Lt. Chris Whitley, of the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, Jan. 7, at approximately 2:45 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office responded to the Truck Stops of America located at 10134 Lewistown Road for a report of two robberies.  The first robbery occurred at the service desk.  Moments later, a second robbery involving the same suspect occurred at the fuel desk, which is located in a different area of the business.

During both robberies, the suspect displayed a gun and demanded money from a clerk.  The suspect then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency.  No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5 foot 7 inches tall, and weighing 170-180 pounds.  The suspect was last seen wearing camouflage clothing, dark boots, white-rimmed sunglasses, and a camouflage mask.  He was also carrying a blue duffle bag.

Jan. 4 at approximately 3:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office responded to  the 10100 block of Lewistown Road for a report of a robbery.  After displaying a handgun and demanding money from the clerk, the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency.  No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a black male, 18-25 years old, 5 foot 5 inches tall, and 130-150 pounds.  The suspect was last seen wearing a dark colored jacket with a “Camaro” emblem, black pants, a brown camouflage mask, and a dark colored baseball hat with orange lettering.

Investigators are evaluating all evidence in both cases to determine if there is a connection between the two separate robberies at the location.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.  Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword “iTip” followed by their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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