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Posted on: June 9, 2021

[ARCHIVED] *Updated* 06-10-2021 Danville Police searching for robbery suspect


Updated 6-10-2021

Investigators charged Donzell Coles with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the string of incidents from June 9. A member of the Danville City Sheriff’s Office was on his way to work Wednesday morning when he recognized Coles walking down the street and took him into custody without incident.  

Coles is being held in the Danville City Jail without bond. Investigators continue to follow leads on this case and additional charges are pending further investigation. 

Updated 6-9-2021 

Danville Police are looking for 54-year-old Donzell M. Coles as a person of interest in connection with the two robberies and a third attempted robbery in Danville today. Coles is currently wanted out of Pittsylvania County for breaking and entering and petit larceny.


Police are searching for the man who robbed two retail stores in Danville Wednesday afternoon. 

The first robbery happened at Family Dollar located at 2639 North Main Street at 12:25 p.m. The offender brandished a handgun and demanded money from the cashier. While police were still on that scene, someone robbed the Dollar General at 2398 West Main Street at 1:00 p.m. 

Based on surveillance video, police believe the same man robbed both stores. The robber is described as a black male with a beard in his late forties or fifties wearing dark colored shorts, a dark shirt with a mask covering his nose and mouth. He was possibly in a white 4-door sedan believed to be a mid-nineties model Buick.  

Though several patrons were in the stores, we are thankful that no one was injured in either incident. The robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money from each store.  

Danville Police immediately spread out to other Family Dollar and Dollar General stores in the city to make them aware and provide them with the suspect description. Police also sent a regional broadcast to surrounding law enforcement agencies.  

Anyone who may have information on these cases can contact us at 434-793-0000 or use our crime tips app CARE at


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