Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 24, 2013

UPDATE: Police arrest one in connection with armed robbery of Bluewell Dollar General

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEWELL — UPDATE: A Mercer County man has been arrested in connection with the Sunday evening armed robbery of a store in Bluewell.

Christopher Small, 23, of Bluefield was arrested late Sunday night and charged with armed robbery, brandishing a weapon, and transferring stolen goods, according to Trooper W.H. File with the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment.

File said Small was arrested after troopers and deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office found him on Route 20 near Bluewell in the blue Ford Taurus that had been described leaving the scene of the robbery at the Dollar General in Bluewell.

File said Small is the only suspect that has been arrested in connection with the robbery.

Law enforcement officers in Mercer County converged on the Dollar General Store in Bluewell Sunday evening after receiving a report shortly before 7 p.m., that an armed man held up an employee at the store.

“We are searching for a white male subject, approximately 6 foot tall or a little taller, with a slender build and probably in his mid-20s,” Cpl. P.H. Shrewsbury of the Princeton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police said. “The subject has dark hair, and was seen leaving the scene in a blue Ford Taurus.”

Shrewsbury, other troopers as well as deputies from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department were in and out of the store parking lot during the first 25 minutes after the armed robbery.

“We’re just searching for the vehicle and the suspect,” Deputy J.E. Coulter said moments before rapidly leaving the parking lot, responding to a lead.

The initial report on the emergency services scanner revealed the suspect had “a black gun,” and stated that the vehicle had been parked behind the Advance Auto Parts store located next to the Dollar General.

Shrewsbury did not disclose the amount of money that the suspect took in the robbery. He said that the suspect was not masked, “but he was wearing a hat,” Shrewsbury said.

Several deputies and troopers were out searching for the suspect while Shrewsbury processed the scene inside the store. No other details were available late Sunday night.

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