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Suspects captured in armed robbery

A Nathalie man and a Prospect man face robbery charges in connection with an armed robbery at the Brookneal Jiffy Store that occurred shortly before midnight Friday.

Adam Scott King, 30, of L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway and 35-year-old Johnny Thompson of Elon Forest Road are being held without bond in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Rustburg.

Halifax County Sheriff’s Office along with Virginia State Police and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office assisted Brookneal Police Department in arresting the two men Monday night.

King of Nathalie faces felony charges of robbery, wearing a mask to commit a crime and property destruction, and Thompson of Prospect faces a felony charge of robbery, according to Brookneal Police Chief Ricky Baldwin.

Using a baseball bat to gain entry, two suspects robbed the Jiffy Store that had just closed for the night Friday. Employees were still inside checking out when the robbery occurred,
Baldwin said. 

The police chief said one of the suspects used a baseball bat to shatter the glass in the door allowing the pair to gain entry to the store. The suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of money, the police chief said.

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.

Dep. 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 spoke with a person inside the house, while Dep. C. A. Bates responded to the scene with his tracking dog. 

Assisting in the search for the two men late Friday night and into Saturday morning were the Brookneal Police Chief, 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 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.