Two suspects sought in robbery


First Posted: 11/23/2009

PILOT MOUNTAIN Two suspects were being sought Monday in connection with an armed robbery at a Pilot Mountain store, which occurred when one of the two distracted an employee while the other grabbed cash from the register.
The incident was reported about 5:35 p.m. Sunday at Kiser Grocery at 807 E. U.S. 52 Bypass just outside the Pilot Mountain town limits near the Stokes County line.
Two men had entered the business before the robbery, with one telling the female clerk stationed behind a counter that he wanted to buy cigarettes, Surry Sheriff Graham Atkinson said Monday in recounting the results of an investigation.
As the employee left briefly to obtain the cigarettes, the second man went behind the store counter and displayed a silver handgun to the employee when she returned. He grabbed the money out of the cash register, Atkinson said. The sum involved had not been determined Monday.
They took the money and walked out, the sheriff said. It was real quick. The clerk was not injured and no other employees or customers were in the store at the time.
The pair left in a silver car, described as either a BMW or Nissan, and headed toward Stokes County.
Both men were described as white males, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall. The gunman who went behind the counter was wearing a dark-colored hoodie (hooded sweatshirt) that he used to partially cover his face. He also wore brown coveralls and a brown jacket and was described as having a large build.
The other suspect, who appeared to be about 30 years old, was slimmer and described as having short brown hair and a mustache. The gunman is believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s.
Investigators remained on the scene until around 11 p.m. Sunday, Atkinson added.
Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call the Surry County Sheriffs Office at 401-8900.
Contact Tom Joyce at [email protected] or at 719-1924.

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