South Hill Police are searching for three subjects who allegedly worked in concert to steal an undisclosed amount of money from the Kangaroo Express at 702 E. Atlantic Street on Sunday.
According to Det. Nelson Watson, the grand larceny occurred at 7:39 a.m. when three black males entered the store and jointly distracted the clerk while one entered the office and removed cash.
“We don’t have a lot,” said Watson. “We’ve got them on video doing it. They worked in concert together to distract the clerk, get him in different positions.”
Watson said while the clerk assisted one of the subjects in buying lottery tickets, another actually entered the office twice.
“He got some money the first time, realized how much was there, went back again and got another couple piles,” Watson said, noting the trio was in the store less than four minutes.
The pictures of two of the subjects published in this edition were taken from surveillance video. The one in the white hat actually entered the office while the other served as lookout. A picture of the third subject is low quality and was not distributed publicly.
Anyone who knows anything about these people or what occurred Sunday is asked to call the South Hill Police Department at (434) 447-3104.
In other matters, on Monday around 4 p.m. a felony shoplifting occurred at Walmart.
According to South Hill Police Department, a subject entered the store, purchased an item and placed the bag and a receipt in a car. He then reentered the store and walked through the sporting goods section, loading up on fishing lures and like items before attempting to exit the store without paying.
In total, the items stolen were worth $383.
Charles Elder, 60, of Victoria, was arrested and charged with felony shoplifting. Cpl. H.R. King was the reporting officer for the incident.
A separate shoplifting incident occurred at Walmart on Saturday at 5:28 p.m., when police allege Rose Abernathy, 56, of Gaston, N.C., attempted to leave the store with $691.39 worth of merchandise without paying for it.
According South Hill Police Department, a female was observed leaving the clothing area with a basket full of clothes and going to the sporting goods section, where she began placing the clothes in bags and into a cooler.
She exited the store through the lawn and garden section, walked out side and got into her car. She was stopped by a Walmart employee who got her to come back inside.
Abernathy was charged with felony shoplifting and giving police false identification. She’s being held at Meherrin River Regional Jail under $10,000 secured bond. Officer C.D. Lawson was the reporting officer.