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Three charged in home invasion early Saturday

Three suspects — reported to be wearing ski masks and armed with shotguns — are in jail facing charges after a home invasion early Saturday morning.

At about 5 a.m., deputies with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and South Boston Police Department were dispatched to 9196 L.P. Bailey Memorial Highway to a reported breaking and entering in progress, according to Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark.

While on the phone with 911 dispatchers, the caller said men entered her home and she could "hear the culprits demanding that other household members give them their money,” Clark said in a news release.

After police arrived at the home, they saw two men armed with shotguns run from the side of the residence into a wooded area.

Victims told police the “perpetrators broke into the house wearing ski masks and armed with shotguns and forced the occupants to lie down on the floor and demanded they hand over their money,” Clark said.

An officer responding to the scene saw a suspicious vehicle in near Millstone Church.  After stopping the vehicle, police “determined that the vehicle’s operator was the driver of the getaway car,” Clark said.

Additional deputies, investigators, Virginia State Police units, a helicopter and county K-9 units were dispatched to the scene to help locate the other suspects.

A citizen called police and said he saw two people fitting the descriptions of the suspects walking on Liberty Road. 

“Deputies were sent to the location, but the subjects had been picked up by vehicle which headed toward Punk’s Store in Nathalie,” Clark said.

An officer was able to overtake the vehicle near the store. The two suspects in the vehicle were apprehended, according to the release.

Eric Lamont Canada, 23, of 2014 Acorn Road, Nathalie, is charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony and one count of grand larceny. Brooks DeShawn Boyd, 29, of 4136 Lennig Road, Nathalie, is facing the same charges, according to Clark.

Andrew Hankins, 28, of 1030 Bostick Trail, Halifax also faces the same changes in addition to possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony.

An undisclosed amount of cash and cell phones were taken, according to Clark.  All items and the weapons were recovered.

All three are being held at the Halifax Adult Detention Center without bond. More charges are likely, pending further investigation, Clark said.

In the release, Clark thanks “the E911 dispatchers, the Halifax and South Boston Police Departments, the Virginia State Police, deputies, investigators and the citizens of Halifax County for the great effort and teamwork involved in apprehending these individuals and thanks God that no one was hurt.”