Joey Roby Sechrist, 48, of Brushy Fork Road, is accused of armed robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony stemming from a Dec. 16 incident at Kangaroo Express in Fancy Gap, according to Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning.
Sechrist was being held without privilege of bond Thursday in the New River Regional Jail in Dublin, pending his arraignment in Carroll County General District Court.
An employee of the convenience store located near Interstate 77 told investigators that a masked man entered the business about 8:30 p.m. and displayed a handgun after locking the door behind him and directing her to turn off the lights.
The gunman, wearing a black ski mask and coveralls, subsequently made off with an undisclosed sum of cash from a safe, lottery tickets, beer and cigarettes. He also disconnected and removed the store’s surveillance system and was seen leaving in a white SUV. No injuries were reported to the employee.
Sechrist was identified as a person of interest in the case as a result of evidence generated during a week-long investigation, the sheriff said.
On Wednesday, officers had gained enough information for warrants to be obtained for Sechrist by investigators Fred Bobbitt, Donnie Spangler and Shannon Goad.
Sechrist was arrested at his home on Brushy Fork Road by Sgt. Bobbitt without incident.
After the robbery, investigators feared the gunman might have escaped the area due to the easy access to I-77 from the crime scene. But officers said they also were pursuing local angles, which led to the arrest of the Cana resident.