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Police investigate sweepstakes center robbery

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SPRING HOPE — The Spring Hope Police Department is investigating the armed robbery of a sweepstakes business.

Two gunmen entered the sweepstakes business on East Nash Street at 10:45 p.m. Nov. 16 brandishing firearms and demanding cash, said Police Chief Nathan Gant.

“No customers were inside at the time of the robbery and no injuries occurred to the employees,” Gant said. “The offenders stole an undisclosed amount of cash and drove away in a vehicle.”

The robbers are described as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with long dreadlocks wearing a multicolored hooded jacket and black man in his 30s, around 6 feet, 3 inches tall with a short, close haircut wearing a black coat and light-colored hood.

Earlier in the evening at 7:15 p.m., both offenders and an unidentified third man entered the establishment very briefly before leaving. The third individual is described as a black man in his 20s or possibly early 30s with facial hair wearing a black hooded jacket with orange shoulders and camouflage pants.

Anyone who was at the business between 7 and 7:30 p.m. or has information about the robbery is asked to contact Detective T. Bell at 252-883-0908. All information provided will remain anonymous. Police say no tip is too small.