In a daring mid-afternoon heist yesterday, Fredericksburg’s Tobacco Hut and Vape, located at 1909 Dixon Street, became the scene of an armed robbery, prompting swift action from local law enforcement. At around 3:50 p.m., the city’s E-911 Center was alerted to the crime, leading patrol units to swiftly cordon off the area and launch an intensive investigation, supported by the immediate dispatch of a detective to the scene.
Witnesses at the store described a harrowing encounter with two masked assailants — one identified as a black male and the other as a white or Hispanic male — who concealed their identities with masks and head coverings. The confrontation escalated when the white or Hispanic suspect discharged a firearm once and forcefully demanded cash. Miraculously, the gunshot resulted in no physical injuries to those present. The culprits made off with a yet-to-be-disclosed sum of money and various items, fleeing the premises in a dark grey or silver SUV.
The Fredericksburg Police Department is actively seeking information from the public that could lead to the apprehension of the individuals involved. Anyone with knowledge about the robbery is urged to come forward and contact the police at 540-373-3122, citing report number 2024-000543. The community’s cooperation is crucial in ensuring the safety and security of our local businesses and residents.