Armed suspect tries to rob Portsmouth Dollar General

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Police say a man tried to rob a Dollar General in Portsmouth Wednesday night.

Officers were called to the store at 1711 Effingham Street at 9:07 p.m.

Detectives say the suspect approached the clerk, displayed a gun and demanded money from the register. As the clerk went to the register, several public safety radios carried by Portsmouth firefighters were heard inside the business.

Police say it appears the suspect didn’t know the firefighters were inside the store. When the suspect heard the alert tones on the radios, he ran from the business empty handed.

No one was injured.

If you know anything about this incident, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.