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Two arrested in connection with armed robbery in Caroline
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Two arrested in connection with armed robbery in Caroline

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A Richmond man and woman have been arrested in connection with a Christmas Day armed robbery at a Caroline County convenience store, police said.

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Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa said the robbery occurred at the Ladysmith Shell station. A woman displayed a handgun and ordered an employee to fill a large bag with cartons of cigarettes.

The employee complied and left the store with a man. They rode away in a gray Dodge Journey.

Several days later, Lippa said, police received information leading them to two suspects. With the assistance of Richmond Police that included days of surveillance, police obtained warrants on Thursday.

Shaneeka Dunkley, 36, and Deron Crawford, 43, are both charged with armed robbery and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. Dunkley was already in a Richmond jail on unrelated charges when the Caroline warrants were obtained, Lippa said.

Crawford was arrested at his home with the assistance of U.S. Marshals and Richmond police. Police said Crawford jumped from a second-story window in an attempt to evade capture, but was apprehended. He is being held in the Pamunkey Regional Jail.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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