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2014-12-03 / News Briefs

Van loaded with cigarettes hijacked at Costco

Michael Buettner

Police say two men hijacked a van loaded with cigarettes at Costco, and they’re hoping the public can help track them down.

According to police, a merchant went to Costco in the 1400 block of Mall Drive on Nov. 25 to buy cigarettes for another store. When he had finished loading the cigarettes into his gray 2005 Ford van around 8:45 a.m., he got in and prepared to drive off.

At that point, a man armed with a handgun approached and ordered him out of the van. The driver complied, and a second suspect got into the van and drove it away. The first suspect got into a gold Pontiac Bonneville and also drove away.

The van was found around 11:15 a.m. the same day in the 8700 block of Quaker Lane in Bon Air.

Police said the first suspect is a black male about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He had a goatee and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans. The second suspect is also a black male about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He had a beard and was wearing a long-sleeved shirt, jeans and a hat with orange trim.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call the Chesterfield County Police Department at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660, or visit crimesolvers.net.

Suspects sought in restaurant robbery

Police are seeking the public’s help finding three men who robbed a county restaurant and may have been involved in a similar incident in Henrico County.

According to police, three masked men entered the New York Asian Café at 13555 Midlothian Turnpike around 9:45 p.m. on Oct. 21 through the back door. They robbed the restaurant’s employees at gunpoint of cash and cellphones.

The suspects are described as black males, all about 6 feet tall and slender. They were carrying small gray handguns.

Henrico police said three men with firearms also robbed the Little Szechuan restaurant on Staples Mill Road around 9 p.m. the same night.

Anyone who has information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 748-0660, submit a tip online at crimesolvers.net or text the code WATSON and the tip to CRIMES (274637).

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