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Police: Clerk robbed at knifepoint

Authorities investigate latest incident at Braddock Street 7-Eleven location

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- Authorities say a man robbed a convenience store clerk at knifepoint early Sunday in the city.

Now police are looking for clues to the suspect's whereabouts.

Officers with the Winchester Police Department responded to 7-Eleven, at 715 S. Braddock St., for a report of a robbery, according to a news release issued by Sgt. Frank Myrtle.

Witnesses described the suspect as a light-skinned, black man, between 5 feet, 8 inches and 6 feet tall, the release says. The man was last seen wearing blue jeans and a red, hooded sweatshirt with "SOUTHPOLE MCMXCI" in white letters on the front, according to the release.

The man covered his face with some type of material and, upon entering the store, displayed a knife and demanded money from a clerk, the release states. No workers reported injuries in the incident, according to Myrtle.

Employees complied with the demand, and the man then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money, the release says. Witnesses told police they last saw the suspect running out of the store parking lot toward Pall Mall Street, according to the release.

A police department K-9 unit assisted in trying to find the suspect but the search was unsuccessful.

Anyone with information may call the police department's criminal investigation division at 545-4704 or Crime Solvers at 665-8477 (TIPS).

The Braddock Street store, in operation since February 1974, has been targeted by robbers in recent years. The store planned to close on Monday to allow employees to relocate to a renovated building nearby on Gerrard Street. The new store opens today.

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