HOPEWELL — On Sept. 25, at 3:45 a.m., officers responded to the Family Dollar, located at 1033 Elm St., in reference to an alarm activation. Responding officers subsequently located a broken front glass door to the business. The preliminary investigation revealed that the offender had forced entry into the business, activated the alarm system and subsequently fled prior to police arrival.

Approximately 45 minutes later, officers responded to the S&N Market located at 3420 Courthouse Road, in reference to a citizen’s report of glass breaking. Upon arrival, officers discovered one of the front glass doors had been shattered. Further investigation revealed that the offender had forced entry into the business, removed an undetermined amount of Newport cigarettes and fled the business prior to police arrival.

A review of the security cameras from both businesses revealed that the same offender was involved in both incidents. The offender is described as a black male, 20-30 years of age, 5 foot 8 inches to 6 foot 1 inch 180-220 pounds with a large build. He was last seen wearing a dark in color hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants and black/white sneakers. Additionally, the offender was wearing light colored gloves, had a white T-shirt concealing the lower part of his face and was carrying a plastic bag.

Photographs and video captured by the security cameras at S&N Market can also be viewed on the Hopewell/Prince George Crimesolvers website at www.crimesolvers.info.

The Hopewell Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit continues to investigate this matter and is requesting that any person(s) who may have witnessed the incidents, were traveling in and/or around the area at the time of this incidents or have any information to provide regarding the offender, contact lead Detective David Hirn of the Hopewell Police Department at (804) 541-2284. Additionally, any person(s) who have information on this or any other crime occurring in the City of Hopewell may contact the Hopewell/Prince George Crime Solvers in Hopewell at 541-2202 or in Prince George County at 733-2777.