For the third time in 16 months, armed robbers have targeted a North Road Street convenience store in Elizabeth City.
Two males, one brandishing a silver-colored firearm, entered the HanDee Hugo Citgo shortly before 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, Pasquotank County Sheriff Randy Cartwright said.
The suspects forced one of the store clerks, who was outside, back into the building, Cartwright said. The suspects then demanded and were given an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the scene, he said.
The suspects are described as black, standing more than 6 feet tall with broad shoulders, Cartwright said. Both men wore masks and gloves to try to conceal their identities, he said.
A law enforcement K-9 unit later found evidence off Ferry Road suggesting the suspects had a car parked there, apparently to assist their getaway, Cartwright said. The HanDee Hugh Citgo is located at the corner of North Road Street and Ferry Road.
The store is commonly known as Sentry Mart, but Cartwright said the store is actually is owned by the HanDee Hugo chain.
Cartwright said the store has been robbed many times in the past, but Tuesday marked the third time since the summer of 2011.
On March 6 at approximately 1 a.m., two black males, both brandishing handguns, robbed the store of a small, but undisclosed amount of cash.
Seven months earlier, on the evening of Aug. 7, 2011, five men, one of them carrying a handgun, entered the store and demanded money. Besides an undisclosed amount of cash, the robbers stole cigarettes before making their getaway.
Cartwright said Tuesday evening that the suspects in the March robbery remain at large. He was not immediately certain whether suspects had been arrested in the August 2011 robbery.
Anyone with any information about the most recent robbery is urged to phone the Sheriff’s Office at 338-2191 or the CrimeLine at 335-5555. CrimeLine offers a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and a conviction of a suspect or suspects. Callers do not have to give their names.