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Halifax man arrested in attempted robbery

A 42-year-old Halifax man faces two charges in connection with the attempted robbery of the Wilco Hess on Highway 58 that occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 18.

According to Halifax County Sheriff Fred S. Clark, Alvin Brent Bell was arrested by Deputy C.A. Bates V Monday and charged with one count of attempted robbery and one count of petit larceny.

On Aug.18 at approximately 1:30 a.m., three clerks were working inside the Wilco Hess convenience store when a black male came into the store several different times before pulling out a screwdriver and demanding money.

The clerk hit the hold-up alarm as the man allegedly tried to pry open the cash register with the screwdriver. After failing to open the cash register, the man fled the store with a Mountain Dew but with no cash. 

He drove away on a dark colored Honda Civic, the clerks told authorities.    

After the attempted robbery occurred, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office released an image and a video to the media asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect. 

Numerous citizens’ tips were received and followed up on by deputies and investigators which led to the identification and arrest of Bell on Monday. 

He is being held at Blue Ridge Regional Jail with no bond.

Sheriff Clark expressed appreciation to citizens for their assistance that led to the arrest of Bell. 

Assisting Deputy Bates in the investigation were Deputy T. H. Clarke and Investigator Jeff Burton.