UPDATE June 10 2021:
Investigators charged Donzell Coles with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the string of incidents from June 9.
A member of the Danville City Sheriff’s Office was on his way to work Wednesday morning when he recognized Coles walking down the street and took him into custody without incident.
Coles is being held in the Danville City Jail without bond. Investigators continue to follow leads on this case and additional charges are pending further investigation.
ORIGINAL STORY June 9, 2021:
Police are searching for the man who robbed two retail stores in Danville Tuesday afternoon.
The first robbery happened at Family Dollar located at 2639 North Main Street at 12:25 p.m. The offender brandished a handgun and demanded money from the cashier. While police were still on that scene, someone robbed the Dollar General at 2398 West Main Street at 1:00 p.m.
Based on surveillance video, police believe the same man robbed both stores. The robber is described as a black male with a beard in his late forties or fifties wearing dark colored shorts, a dark shirt with a mask covering his nose and mouth. He was possibly in a white 4-door sedan believed to be a mid-nineties model Buick.
DPD has now identified and is looking for Donzel Coles, 54, as a person of interest in today’s robberies. Coles is already wanted out of Pittsylvania County for burglary and petty larceny.
"Though several patrons were in the stores, we are thankful that no one was injured in either incident," the department said. "The robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money from each store.
Danville Police immediately spread out to other Family Dollar and Dollar General stores in the city to make them aware and provide them with the suspect description. Police also sent a regional broadcast to surrounding law enforcement agencies.
Anyone who may have information on these cases can contact DPD at 434-793-0000 or use their crime tips app CARE at https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=818#.