One arrest has been made from felony warrants issued for two men in connection with the Aug. 11 armed robbery of a local convenience store; while, Hope police have suspended the search for two men involved in the theft of drugs from a local pharmacy.

One arrest has been made from felony warrants issued for two men in connection with the Aug. 11 armed robbery of a local convenience store; while, Hope police have suspended the search for two men involved in the theft of drugs from a local pharmacy.

Hope Police Department Assistant Chief Kim Tomlin said Tuesday that Alvin Phillips, Jr., 22, of Hope, was arrested Oct. 16 on allegations of aggravated robbery involved in the robbery and assault on the clerk at the Triple J Shell Gas Station on North Hervey Street in the predawn hours of Aug. 11.

Tomlin was uncertain whether bond has been set for Phillips in his first judicial appearance.

She said HPD officers are still seeking Billy McCauley, 23, of Hope, under the same bench warrant issued for Phillips on Sept. 3.

Tomlin said HPD officers responded to a call of a robbery having occurred at the store in the 2600 block of North Hazel Street shortly after 4 a.m. Aug. 11.

“Upon arrival, officers made contact with the store clerk, and learned that at approximately 4 a.m., two black males with their faces covered entererd the store,” Tomlin said. “One of the suspect ran up to the counter and pointed what appeared to be a handgun concealed inside of a sock at the clerk.”

Tomlin said the second suspect did not wait for the clerk to respond.

“The second suspect ran around the counter and struck the clerk on the left side of his head with a wooden stick,” she said. “The clerk was then instructed to open the register.”

Tomlin said an undetermined amount of cash and merchandise were taken in the robbery, and the entire episode was captured on surveillance video inside the store.

“Anyone having information concerning the whereabouts of Mr. McCauley should contact the Hope Police Department at 870-777-3434, or Detective Todd Lauterbach at 870-722-2576,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin said Hope police have “administratively closed” the investigation into a commercial burglary at Family Pharmacy in the 800 block of South Main Street in June.

“At this time, it is closed administratively until additional information can be obtained,” she said.

The 3:30 a.m. break-in was also caught on video surveillance showing three unidentified black males wearing hoodie-style tops roaming through the store taking items from countertops and clothing from sales racks.

Tomlin said Tuesday that an undetermined number of bottles of prescription drugs were also taken in the break-in.

Again, she asked that anyone with information regarding the thefts contact the HPD or Det. Lauterbach.