Stephens City area store robbed

Police released this image from a surveillance video taken at JR Food Mart near Stephens City at around 9 p.m. Monday. This man is believed to be a suspect in an armed robbery there.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery Monday night at the JR Food Mart at  381 Fairfax Pike near Stephens City.

Capt. Donald Lang said deputies were sent to the store after the robbery was reported at 9 p.m.

The store clerk told deputies that a suspect described as a thin male in his late teens or early 20s came toward the counter with a handgun showing in his waistband. The suspect kept the gun in his waistband and did not display it as he demanded money from the cash register, Lang said.

The clerk gave the money to the suspect, who fled on foot. No one was injured.

The Sheriff’s Office has not disclosed the amount of money stolen.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the suspect is about 5 feet 8 inches tall, clean-shaven and was wearing a red and black colored toboggan style hat containing an unknown emblem. He was also wearing a black coat, light colored jeans and white sneakers. The Sheriff’s Office has released a photo of the suspect obtained from store security cameras.

Anyone with information that may help the investigation is encouraged to call Investigator E. Varnau at the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at 504-6559 or Crime Solvers at 665-8477.

Lang said Tuesday evening the Sheriff’s Office had no new information to report on the robbery.

“We’re just waiting at this particular point for any individuals with information they might have from the picture we sent out,” Lang said.

The store was the second in the area to be robbed in the last two months. Lang said police are still looking for a male who robbed a nearby 7-Eleven. The 7-Eleven suspect had a different appearance from the JR Food Mart suspect, and the two robberies appear unrelated, Lang said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com