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Hopewell Walgreen's robbed at gunpoint, 3 suspects at large

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HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) -

Police are searching for three suspects involved in the armed robbery of a Hopewell pharmacy late Saturday night.

At 10:06 p.m., Hopewell officers responded to the Walgreen's in the 3900 block of Oaklawn Boulevard. According to investigators, two of the suspects entered the business and approached a cash register, while the third suspect remained outside.

The first suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money, while at the same time, a customer approached the register unaware a robbery was taking place. That's when, police say, the second suspect attempted to rob the customer. Neither the customer nor anyone else were hurt during the robbery.

The suspects then left the business with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.

For 30 years Catherine Edwards and her husband have called Hopewell home. The Walgreen's on Oaklawn Boulevard is part of that home. Catherine says word of Saturday night's robbery was unbelievable.

"Sometimes my husband and I run up here in the evening we need something and I'm shocked," Catherine Edwards said.

A Walgreen's employee told NBC12 off-camera the suspects may have been spotted scoping out the store in the days prior to the robbery.

"When I go out I usually make sure that I'm aware of my surroundings, watch where I'm going do everything to really secure my safety," Lorrane Pettaway said.

Lorrane Pettaway still can't believe that out of all the places that would be hit, it would be the Walgreen's. Employees now say they are afraid to go to work.

Edwards says she plans to be more cautious when going to her neighborhood drugstore.

"It won't keep me away from Walgreen's I will still come here but I certainly won't come in the evenings," Edwards said.

The Hopewell Police Department issued the following descriptions of the suspects:

Suspect #1 is described as a 30-40 year old black male with a medium complexion. The suspect is believed to be 5'6" - 5'7", 160-170 lbs., with a graying mustache. He was last seen wearing a dark zip-up hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, dark sneakers, white gloves, and displaying a dark-colored handgun.

Suspect #2 is described as a 17-20 year old black male with a light complexion. The suspect is believed to be 5'5"-5'6" and 140-150 lbs. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket with a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath, light blue jeans, and gray sneakers.

Suspect #3 is described as a black male, 5'7"-5'9", and 140-150 lbs. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket / hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Hopewell / Prince George Crime Solvers at (804) 541-2202.

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