Deputies investigate overnight robbery, subsequent high-speed chase in Henry County

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(Photo: Courtesy Henry County Sheriff’s Office)

HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Henry County authorities are investigating a robbery that took place early Wednesday morning at the Fas Mart in Martinsville, followed by a high-speed chase.

According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the robbery took place shortly before 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 5972 A.L. Philpott Highway.

Authorities say a male entered the store, pulled out a firearm, and demanded money. He then left the scene after taking some cash.

Officials say the individual was reportedly wearing a black hoodie with a yellow and white design, blue latex gloves, and a face covering.

Moments later, a Virginia State Police trooper saw a vehicle traveling east on A.L. Philpot Highway at a high rate of speed, according to the sheriff’s office. The trooper tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle sped past and a pursuit began.

Authorities say the vehicle eventually lost control and crashed at the intersection of Whispering Pines and Sugar Tree Church Road in Pittsylvania County. Three male subjects then exited the vehicle and ran away.

The vehicle — a 2006 Jeep Commander — was reportedly stolen from Danville on Friday, Oct. 22.

According to officials, evidence from the earlier robbery was recovered from inside of the vehicle.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have information about the armed robbery or the police pursuit to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME.

The Crimestoppers program offers rewards of up to $2,500 for information relating to the crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information provided will determine the amount of reward paid.

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