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By Erin Smith

A Tar Heel store was the victim of an armed robbery on Saturday night.

Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said two men entered the Dollar General in Tar Heel around 10 p.m. wearing ski masks and armed with handguns.

Guyton said, “They made the manager and clerk go to the back room and made them empty the cash registers and they took the money out of the safe.”

He said the two suspects also took cigarettes and cigars as well as video recording equipment.

Chief Deputy Guyton said two similar robberies occurred recently in Cumberland and Harnett counties. He said officials think the robberies are possibly linked.

Anyone with any information or who may have noticed anything unusual on Saturday evening, is asked to contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960.