Man arrested, charged in gas station robbery

Gary Turner

Front Royal police have arrested a town resident as a result of an investigation into a gas station robbery Saturday morning.

The defendant, Gary Bradley Turner, 46, was taken into custody and charged with robbery.

Police said in a written statement that a man, later identified as Turner, entered the Mobil gas station and convenience store at 63 W. 14th St. at 6:21 a.m. and demanded cash from the clerk. The man made several movements that led the clerk to believe he was carrying a weapon, although none was displayed, police said.

The suspect fled the scene on foot after the clerk gave him an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Front Royal police and a tracking dog from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office searched for the suspect and identified him as Turner after investigating the crime scene.

A criminal complaint against Turner says that the store clerk recognized Turner from a previous store where she had worked. The complaint also says that the clerk’s daughter, after viewing a surveillance video screen shot of the robbery, identified Turner, who is one of her co-workers at a fast food restaurant. The clerk later identified Turner in a photo lineup, the complaint says.

Authorities later found Turner at a residence on East Criser Road and arrested him. The criminal complaint says he confessed to the robbery.

Turner is being held in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail with no bond.

Police said they believe the robbery was an isolated act not associated with an armed robbery at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 807 John Marshall Highway at about 12:44 a.m. Saturday.

Police are looking for a tall, thin male who was wearing a light colored heavy shirt and blue pants when he entered the back of the store armed with a handgun and demanding cash. Employees gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash. Police say the suspect then stole an employee’s vehicle, a dark gray 2012 Chrysler and Town and Country mini-van bearing Virginia license plate XLD-4415.

No one was injured.

Police are offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in the restaurant robbery and stolen vehicle. Anyone with information about the case or the Mobil gas station robbery is asked to call Detective Zachary King at 540-636-2208 or email him at zking@frontroyalva.com.