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Man robs Apple Market in Bedford at gunpoint

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By Tom Wilmoth

 a black male who robbed the Apple Market convenience store at 407 N. Bridge St. in Bedford Wednesday night.

    The robbery occurred around 9 p.m., according to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day. He described the suspect as a black male, about 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing dark clothing, gloves and a stocking cap that covered his face. Day said eye holes had been cut out of the stocking cap.
    Day said the clerk working at the store said the suspect “was very calm and soft spoken” during the robbery and displayed a firearm.
    Day said it’s not yet known whether this robbery is related to a recent bank robbery in Lynchburg and the robbery of the Forest CVS.
    “There’s a possibility. We’re working with the county on their (investigation),” he said.
    Day said the suspect did get cash from the register. He said other area convenience stores and businesses are being alerted to the robbery.
    “We would like for businesses to be alert to any suspicious persons,” Day said. “We would caution them to be cooperative to anyone who is committing a robbery, so that they won’t be hurt.”
    Day also encouraged businesses to make regular safe drops or deposits to minimize the amount of money that they have in their registers at any one time.
    Police recovered some money from the robbery, apparently dropped by the suspect when fleeing the scene, in a yard next to the convenience store.