Mintu Dcosta and Raymond Jackson were finishing up their shift at the Ferncliff Exxon on Friday, Jan. 3 when a light-skinned black male entered the store with a handgun demanding money.
Dcosta said the robber, wearing a black hoodie and a red bandanna around his face, came into the store pointing the gun first at Jackson, who was cleaning in the first aisle, and then at Dcosta. He demanded Dcosta give him all the money in the register and place it in a bag.
“[I gave him] whatever he requested to help him to get out of the store as soon as possible,” Dcosta said.
The robber placed the gun to Dcosta’s head demanding the money. Dcosta said he listened, did what the man wanted and did not try to be a hero. He wasn’t scared at the time, but once it was over, Dcosta said he was shook up.
The robber took approximately $2,500 from the register. Before leaving, the masked man grabbed a couple of packs of Newport cigarettes from the shelf, according to Dcosta and then fled across the street where a vehicle was apparently parked near a red barn on Rt. 208.
LCSO Chief Deputy Major Donald Lowe said it is believed the robber left the area in a vehicle-heading north on Rt. 208.
To read the entire story, see the Jan. 9 edition of The Central Virginian.