Store robbed at gunpoint

Published 10:25 pm Friday, December 28, 2012

At approximately 6:15 p.m. Thursday, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery at Hilda’s Country Store on Cherry Run Road near Washington.
Deputies responded to the location and learned that two white men entered the store and demanded money. Each man was brandishing a handgun and had their faces covered, according to a news release issued by the sheriff’s office. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the men fled the scene on foot.
The sheriff’s office began an investigation, conducted interviews and collected evidence. The three employees in the store at the time of the robbery were not injured. Images from the store’s video system will be released when available.
Anyone with information about this crime should contact Beaufort County Crime Stoppers by phone, text or through the Crime Stoppers website. Call 252-974-6400; text a tip anonymously by dialing 274637 on a cellphone and in the body of the message type BCSO131 and the tip; or submit a tip through the Crime Stoppers website,, by following the “Tip Line” link and filling out an online form. Calls, texts, and emails are anonymous. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Tipsters do not have to give their names to receive rewards.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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