The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted armed robbery at the Sunoco on West Church Road in Sterling.
Authorities are working to determine if the attempted robbery in Sterling is related to an armed robbery in Leesburg earlier Friday.
In Sterling, the suspect reportedly entered the store shortly after 1 p.m., brandished a firearm and demanded cash. The suspect fled in an unknown direction before he was able to take anything from the store. There were no reported injuries during the incident.
The Sterling suspect is described as a white male who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hoodie pulled up. He was unshaven. The LCSO began an immediate search of the area, but no suspect was located.
As a precaution, schools in the area were briefly placed on a lock-out.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Leesburg Police Department in the Leesburg investigation.
Anyone with information regarding the Sterling case is asked to contact Detective M. Grimsley at 703-777-1021. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919 or submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app, which is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.