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Friday, May 24, 2013
Police are searching for a man who robbed George's Tobacco in Vinton on Friday, prompting lockdowns at three nearby schools.
Roanoke County police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the store in the 2400 block of Washington Avenue shortly after 9:30 a.m., according to a news release from Roanoke County police. An employee reported that a man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The employee complied and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, the release said.
The robbery took place near three Roanoke County schools, which led to a temporary lockdown at each of them.
School system spokesman Chuck Lionberger said William Byrd High School, William Byrd Middle School and Herman L. Horn Elementary School were placed on lockdown for about 90 minutes.
He said students and staff were not in any danger and the lockdowns were out of caution. Lionberger said there would be an increased police presence at the schools for the remainder of the day.
Roanoke County and Vinton police are seeking the suspect, who is described as a 6-foot-tall white man who weighs about 180 pounds. He was wearing a black or gray sweatshirt and black or gray sport shorts. He is reportedly armed with a handgun.
The case is still under investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to call 562-3265.
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