HARRISONBURG — Police arrested a Grottoes man and a teenager in connection with an armed holdup Tuesday at a Harrisonburg convenience store.

Tomas Guevara Jr., 20, and a 17-year-old boy from Grottoes whose name was not released were detained at a property in Grottoes that police searched Thursday, according to a Friday press release from the Harrisonburg Police Department.

They are charged with armed robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, the release says.

The teenager is accused of stealing the firearms they used in the robbery from a location in Augusta County. He also faces a burglary charge for that offense.

Police were called to the 7-Eleven at 910 N. Main St. just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The cashier reported that two men, wearing all-black clothing and red bandanas, entered the store. One was armed with a long gun and the other a handgun.

They pointed the weapons at the cashier as they went behind the counter to demand money and grab cigarettes.

The thieves took the smokes along with an undisclosed amount of cash and were last seen heading north on foot before the first officer arrived.

The cashier was not injured.

On Thursday, HPD officers, members of the Staunton Police Department and Augusta County deputies executed a search warrant at an undisclosed location in Grottoes, the release says.

They found evidence tied to the Augusta County burglary and the Harrisonburg armed robbery.

Police did not disclose what led them to the Grottoes location or to identify Guevara and the teenager as suspects.

Guevara was taken to the Middle River Regional Jail and the juvenile was taken to the Shenandoah Valley Detention Center.

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