Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 4, 2014

Robbery suspect arrested

DORAN, Va. — A Tazewell County man, Terry Anthony Robinett, 29, was taken into custody Thursday morning on charges related to the armed robbery of the Three Way Fast Break Exxon Station located at 5804 Gov. G.C. Perry Highway in Doran.

Officers of the Richlands, Va. Police Department, working with the Virginia State Police, the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, the Cedar Bluff, Va. Police Department and tracking bloodhound/handler from the Virginia Department of Corrections responded to the robbery at the station at 3:41 a.m., according to a press release from Investigator P.M. Little of the Richlands Police Department.

“When something happens here, we usually get a very good response from the other local agencies,” Little said. “We reviewed the surveillance video of the robbery. The clerks at the station were pretty concerned. He was pointing the gun at both of them.

“The suspect entered the business, brandished the weapon and demanded money from the cash register,” according to Little’s press release of the incident. He stated that the clerks turned over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect who placed the money in a black garbage bag.

During the initial phase of the investigation, law enforcement officers found clothing and a pellet pistol that they believed belonged to the suspect. Approximately two hours later, a resident of the Doran Bottom, Va., area observed a suspicious male walking in the area and contacted law enforcement.

“The call from a citizen who made a complaint about the suspicious person walking through the area helped us in our investigation,” Little said. He stated in the press release that when law enforcement officers approached him, “he walked into the wood line from the roadway to avoid detection. When this subject was discovered by law enforcement, the black trash bag that contained the money stolen during the robbery was found in close proximity to where he was standing.”

Little said that authorities arrested Robinett, “without incident.” According to the press release, Robinett “made confession” to one count of burglary and one count of robbery and is being held without bond at the Southwestern Regional Jail in Tazewell, Va. Little stated that: “No one was harmed during the course of this incident.”

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