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UPDATE: Smyth County robbery suspect arrested

By Tarah Taylor
Published On: Sep 14 2012 04:51:14 AM CDT
Updated On: Sep 14 2012 04:50:15 PM CDT
Joshua Paul Simons
SMYTH COUNTY, Va. -

UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: We've just learned an arrest has been made in the armed robbery we told you about earlier today.

Smyth County deputies arrested 22-year-old Joshua Simons of Rural Retreat, Virginia. Simons is accused of walking into Shirley's Market in Sugar Grove with a gun and demanding money, then leaving with the cash.
Deputies are crediting tips from viewers for the capture.

Simons is charged with armed robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

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Smyth County, Virginia authorities are searching for a suspect they say used a gun to rob a store in Sugar Grove.

It happened around 9:30 Thursday night at Shirley's Market.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the man went in with a gun and demanded money from the register. He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Investigators tell us the suspect appeared to be in his mid-twenties with dark hair and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a dark sweatshirt, jeans and a camouflage hat.

He left the store in a dark-colored convertible. If you have any information please call the Smyth County, Virginia Sheriff's Office at 276-782-4056.

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