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Failed heist haul: soft drink

Halifax County authorities are searching for a black man who attempted to rob the Wilco Hess on Highway 58 at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.


According to Sheriff Fred S. Clark, three clerks were working inside the store located beside Bojangles when a black male wearing a white shirt bearing black writing came into the store and attempted to buy beer.

One of the clerks informed the man they could not sell him beer since it had passed midnight.

Clark said the suspect then left the store and pulled his vehicle to the gas pump and came back inside the store telling the clerk he wanted to buy gas.

He then left the store again, and the vehicle pulled off. Shortly after that the suspect came back inside the store and took a Mountain Dew to the counter.

“When he put the Mountain Dew on the counter, he produced a screwdriver and told the clerk he wanted the money,” the sheriff said.

The clerk waiting on the man told the other clerks to run, Clark said, and she hit the hold-up alarm as the suspect allegedly tried to pry open the cash register with the screwdriver.

Failing in his attempt to open the cash register, the man fled the store with only a Mountain Dew, Clark said. “He didn’t get any money.”

The suspect left on a dark-colored older model 1998 to 2000 Honda Civic headed west on Highway 58, store clerks told authorities.

“They had never seen him before,” the sheriff added.

Authorities are looking at video surveillance footage in an attempt to identify the subject, Clark said.

Halifax County Sheriff’s Deputy C. A. Bates V is continuing the investigation.

Assisting the county following the attempted robbery early Sunday morning were South Boston Police and Virginia State Police.