A Loudoun Sheriff’s Office deputy conducting a business check this morning interrupted an attempted robbery at a Sterling convenience store.
According to the agency, the suspect entered the Woodshire Drive 7-Eleven shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sept. 3, brandished a firearm and demanded cash. As the suspect was attempting to take money, he saw the deputy arrive in his patrol car at the store.
The suspect fled and the deputy gave chase on foot. The suspect got into a light-colored, four-door sedan waiting near Gentry Drive. Deputies canvassed the area but the suspect vehicle was not found.
The suspect was described as a black male, with a thin build. He was wearing a grey ski mask, a black sweatshirt with a Nike Air Jordan logo and black pants and shoes.
The deputy was among several conducting business checks and directed patrols at convenience stores after two similar robberies were reported overnight in Leesburg. Detectives are working with detectives with the Leesburg Police Department in the investigation.
Anyone with any information about the case is asked to contact Detective M. Grimsley at 703-777-1021. You may also submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app.
The Leesburg robberies occurred at 2:41 a.m. and 2:54 a.m.
The first happened at the 7-Eleven store on Dry Mill Road. The second was at the 7-Eleven on Fieldstone Drive. In both robberies, the preliminary investigation revealed that a male suspect wearing a mask entered the businesses, implied that he had a weapon, and demanded money from the clerk. In both incidents, the suspect fled on foot before officers arrived.
Investigators believe both Leesburg robberies were committed by the same suspect.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Detective Marco Pereira at 703-771-4546 or at MPereira@leesburgva.gov. Those wishing to remain anonymous, you may call the Leesburg Crime Line at (703) 443-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be sent anonymously using smart phones, texting, or your computer via Tip Submit.