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Armed with baseball bats, police say pair rob store

Brookneal, Campbell and Halifax County authorities are searching for two Caucasian males believed to be Halifax County residents in connection with the robbery of the Brookneal Jiffy Store that occurred shortly before midnight Friday.

According to Halifax County Investigator Jeff M. Burton, Campbell County authorities alerted county deputies to be on the lookout for two white males traveling in a white four-door car that was last seen headed out of Brookneal on Highway 501 into Halifax County.

The two suspects had used a baseball bat in the armed robbery of the Jiffy Store, Burton said.

Deputy T. A. Mocarsky was in the northern end of the county at the time the “be on the lookout” was issued and saw a vehicle matching the description parked in the driveway of an Acorn Road residence.

When Mocarsky turned into the driveway and approached the house, he saw two male subjects run behind the house, Burton said.

Mocarsky then spoke with a person inside the house, while Deputy C. A. Bates V. responded to the scene with his tracking dog. Also assisting in the search for the two men late Friday night and into Saturday morning were Brookneal Police Chief Ricky Baldwin, Brookneal Police Officer Clif Mason, Campbell County Investigator Stuart Herndon and Burton.

After searching for 45 minutes with Bates’ tracking dog, the trail went cold, and Burton said authorities believe someone in a vehicle may have picked up the two men.

Campbell County authorities found a bat believed to have been used in the robbery inside the white car parked in the driveway on Acorn Road and later towed the car to the impound lot in Campbell County.

As of Saturday afternoon, no charges had been filed in the robbery, Burton said, although the Brookneal Police Chief has been able to identify one of the suspects from video taken during the robbery.

Anyone with information related to the armed robbery at the Jiffy Store in Brookneal Friday night is asked to contact Investigator Burton at the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 476-3399.