Four sought in Dollar General robbery

Newport authorities are looking for four males in connection with a Monday afternoon armed robbery of the Dollar General store in the Westgate Shopping Center on West Broadway.

Newport Police Chief Maurice Shults says the holdup occurred at 5:45 p.m. The manager told Detective Capt. Derrick Webb and Patrol Officer Jessy Burgess she gave money to the three men who entered the store after they told her “they would kill her if she called law enforcement.”

One of the Black males confronted the manager in her office, pulled a gun and demanded money. She told him she did not have access to the safe. He then escorted the manager to the registers at the front of the store, and again demanded money. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash.

The manager and another clerk told investigators the gunman wore a gray hoodie and gray sweatpants. The second male had on a hoodie and blue jeans, and the third male a black and blue hoodie and black pants.

The fourth male remained in the getaway car described as a gray Ford Focus. Exterior video shows the car headed to West Broadway and heading west bound.

In addition to cash, the men took a black jacket and two packs of cigarettes.