The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Leesburg Police Department are investigating a series of armed robberies that occurred at area 7-Eleven stores in recent days. Three of the four robberies happened early Monday morning.
In one case, a Loudoun deputy conducting a business check arrived at a convenience store while an armed man was inside holding up the cashier.
The Sheriff’s Office said the suspect entered the 7-Eleven on Woodshire Drive in Sterling shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sept. 3, brandished a firearm and demanded cash. The suspect was attempting to take money when he saw the deputy arrive in his patrol car at the store.
The suspect fled and the deputy gave chase on foot until the suspect got into a light-colored, four-door sedan that had been waiting near Gentry Drive. Deputies canvassed the area but the suspect’s vehicle was not found.
The suspect was described as a black male, with a thin build. He was wearing a gray 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 Sunday in Leesburg.
The Leesburg robberies occurred at 2:41 a.m. and 2:54 a.m. Monday.
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, 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.
The Dry Mill 7-Eleven store also was robbed on Aug. 28. In that case, Leesburg police are looking for two men wearing masks who entered the store at approximately 2:10 a.m., displayed a handgun, and demanded money from the clerk. The suspects fled the store on foot.
Police are working to determine whether that incident was linked to Monday’s robberies.
Anyone with any information about the Woodshire Drive 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.
Anyone with information regarding the Leesburg case should 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.