Police arrest suspect after 3 Petersburg businesses robbed in 3 days

The Tri-Cities

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Crediting the help of the public, Petersburg Police arrested a suspect on Thursday accused of robbing three different businesses in a span of three days.

Authorities got a tip from “an alert viewer” concerning the suspect, police said. The suspect, identified as 56-year-old Ernest Carl Hollands, is accused of robbing three businesses in the city since Monday.

On March 11, the suspect robbed a Sav-A-Lot, in the 2000 block of S. Crater Road. On March 12, the suspect robbed a Walgreens, in the 3200 block of S. Crater Road, and on March 13, he robbed a Dollar General in the 2200 block of W. Washington Street, Petersburg Police said. 

The suspect reportedly walked into each business and grabbed money from the register whenever it was opened by an employee.  

Surveillance footage from the Dollar General robbery, obtained by 8News on Thursday, shows a man checking out and waiting until the clerk opens the cash register before reaching inside and stealing cash. 

WATCH: Surveillance video shows man grab cash from Dollar General register

One of the store’s managers, who wished to remain anonymous, says this is the second time the store was targeted in a robbery since working there.

“I’m very disturbed about what happened cus I was robbed a year ago at gunpoint so the young lady that was here,” they told 8News. “I understand how she’s feeling. She’s still probably shaken up about it.”

The manager said they have added more employees to each shift after the armed robbery last year. 

“I was real upset for a while,” the manager continued. “I couldn’t come to work. It’s just not a good feeling.”

Photographs from the scene show the suspect driving a late model pickup truck. Police located Hollands’ vehicle, a 1994 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck, and made a traffic stop in the parking lot of the American Choice Deli, located in the 800 block of W. Washington Street. 

At 11:50 a.m., Hollands was taken into custody without any incident. Hollands, who is being held without bond, is being charged with the three larcenies, police said.

Police are asking anyone with additional information on the robberies to call Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers. 

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