DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. – A Dinwiddie County grocery store owner is recovering after being attacked Thursday in an early morning armed robbery.
Investigators say the robbery happened at approximately 6:30 a.m. at JB’s Grocery located in the 12000 block of Cox Road in the Poole Siding area of the county.
The suspect entered the store displaying a weapon and attacked the business owner when he opened for business, according to the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office.
Crime insider sources tell Jon Burkett the suspect pistol whipped the 64-year-old store owner in the back, several times.
Investigators say the business owner sustained minor injuries during the attack.
After the assault, investigators say the suspect made off with an undisclosed sum of currency and fled the scene on foot.
Crime insider sources said the gunman cut communication lines prior to attacking the store owner.
The suspect is described as a male approximately 5’8” – 5’10” tall and approximately 180 pounds. The store owner described the suspect as having abnormally bushy eyebrows.
During the robbery, he was seen wearing a stocking mask, blue coveralls and black athletic shoes.
David Layton, a family friend of the owner is helping splice things back together to get important business technology up and running.
Layton says this is the second time in six weeks that JB's Grocery has been targeted and even with increased deputy patrols he feels like things are getting out of hand.
"It’s a little disturbing; I have a disabled daughter that comes here often. I mean what if she's here and something goes wrong, it's upsetting," he said.
Dinwiddie Investigators is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in this violent attack. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office or Petersburg Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.