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Posted on: September 13, 2019

Suspect Arrested in Sterling Attempted Robbery, Joint LCSO & Leesburg Police Investigation Continues

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UPDATE:

Loudoun County, VA- A suspect is in custody and charged in connection with the attempted robbery of a Sterling gas station Friday afternoon. The Town of Leesburg Police Department continues to investigate if the suspect is connected to an attempted robbery that occurred in their jurisdiction at a cash checking store a few hours earlier.

The suspect, Jedidiah M. Gauzza, 28, of no fixed address, was identified as the suspect through a joint investigation between the Town of Leesburg Police Department and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect was taken into custody by the Leesburg Police Department Friday evening and held on outstanding capias warrants from Loudoun County and Fairfax County. Additionally, he was charged with attempted robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony by the LCSO in the Sterling robbery, and two counts of identity theft and one count of possession of cocaine by the Leesburg Police Department. 

The arrest comes after an attempted robbery in Leesburg followed by a second attempted robbery in Sterling on September 13, 2019. The first incident occurred around 11:15 a.m. when the suspect entered Loudoun Checks Cashed in the Town of Leesburg. In that case, the Town of Leesburg Police Department reported the suspect entered the business located in the 20 block of Plaza Street, NE., before fleeing the scene. The second incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. yesterday, when the suspect entered the Sunoco located on W. Church Road in Sterling, Va., brandished a firearm and demanded cash. There were no reported injuries and nothing was taken during either incident.  

The attempted robbery in the Town of Leesburg remains under investigation.  The suspect who fled the scene of the Loudoun Checks Cashed attempted robbery is described as an adult male, skinny build, wearing green pants, a green hooded sweatshirt. A second person of interest has been identified and is described as an adult black male, skinny build, wearing a white t-shirt and green pants. (Photos Attached)

 Anyone with information about the investigation or who can assist in identifying either subject is requested to contact the Leesburg Police Department should contact Detective M. Kadric at 703-771-4572 or at mkadric@leesburgva.gov

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Leesburg Police Department coordinated efforts and resources throughout the investigation.

 Gauzza remains held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.


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Loudoun County, VA- The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted armed robbery of the Sunoco located on W. Church Road in Sterling, Va.

The suspect entered the store shortly after 1 p.m. today, brandished a firearm and demanded cash. The suspect fled in an unknown direction. There were no reported injuries and nothing was taken from the store. 

The suspect is described as a white male, and was wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hoodie pulled up, and was unshaven. The LCSO began an immediate search of the area and no suspect was located. As a precaution, schools in the immediate area were briefly placed on a lock-out. 

Detectives with the LCSO are working to determine if the attempted robbery in Sterling is connected to a similar attempted robbery that occurred earlier today at a Loudoun Checks Cashed in the Town of Leesburg. In that case, the Town of Leesburg Police Department reported the suspect entered the business located in the 20 block of Plaza Street, NE., around 11:15 a.m. Friday morning before fleeing the scene.    

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Town of Leesburg Police Department in the investigation. 

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective M. Grimsley at 703-777-1021. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919 or submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app. The Loudoun Sheriff app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.


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