Man in custody after armed robbery, police pursuit in Bedford Friday

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

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UPDATE 6:15 p.m.: Police have made an arrest in the armed robbery and police pursuit Friday afternoon in Bedford.

According to police, 47-year-old Robert Gordon Wiggins from Sandston was arrested and is being charged with robbery, use of a firearm while committing a robbery, felony eluding, failure to stop at the scene of an accident, possession of stolen property, larceny (second offense), and preventing or obstructing a phone call to 911.

If you have any information about the crime that could help police, you are asked to call the Bedford Police Investigations Division at (540) 586-7827.


BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — A man was taken into custody following an armed robbery and a police pursuit through Bedford on Friday afternoon.

The Bedford Police Department says officers responded to an armed robbery at Twin Smokes at 1128 E Lynchburg Salem Turnpike just after 12:45 p.m. on Friday, April 2.

According to the department, an armed man entered the business, demanded money, and then drove away in a vehicle with the money.

Police say one officer located a vehicle matching the description of the one that had fled the scene of the armed robbery. 

However, after another officer arrived, the driver of the vehicle reportedly accelerated, leading a pursuit through the Town of Bedford. 

The department says the driver was eventually stopped and taken into custody at the CVS on Main Street.

According to police, it turns out the vehicle was actually stolen in an armed carjacking in Henrico County.

Authorities are reportedly still investigating the armed robbery in Bedford. However, officials have yet to release the identity of the driver taken into custody.

If you have any information about this crime, either call the Bedford Police Department at (540) 587-6011 or call 9-1-1.

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