The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, August 20, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
Police are working to identify three men who may be connected with seven break-ins at Franklin County businesses in the past week.
The men are connected to a vehicle that was used during the burglary of three convenience stores -- 619 Minute Market, Glade Hill Minute Market and Whistle Stop -- early Saturday morning, according to Lt. Todd Maxey with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
The vehicle, a blue Nissan Maxima, was impounded after a pursuit Saturday morning that started in Glade Hill and ended behind the Waffle House on Franklin Road in Roanoke, Maxey said. The car contained evidence that links it to the burglaries.
At the time of the pursuit, three men in the Nissan fled the scene, Maxey said. The search for the suspects was unsuccessful.
However, investigators have connected three men on surveillance video at the Virginia ABC Store on Melrose Avenue in Roanoke with the Nissan, Maxey said. The men were videotaped inside the store at 9:50 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17.
Investigators also believe these latest burglaries are connected to four similar burglaries at Hubbly Bubbly Discount Tobacco and Ravens Country Store on Aug. 14 and Ole School Sports Pub and Dot's Grocery on Aug. 16.
In each incident, the front door glass of the store was broken with a rock. Cash and cigarettes were taken during the burglaries, Maxey said.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact Toney at 483-3000 or the anonymous crimeline at 483-6620.