Two Men Arrested in Connection to Series of 7-Eleven Robberies

McLean Police District – Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau Robbery Squad have charged two men in connection to a series of robberies that occurred at 7-Eleven convenience stores throughout Northern Virginia. Our detectives began investigating this series of robberies on Dec. 6 at the 7-Eleven at 9511 Blake Lane in Fairfax. A man entered the business, walked behind the counter and demanded the clerk open the register. The man took property and fled. A second robbery occurred on Dec. 11 at the 7-Eleven at 8110 Old Dominion Drive in McLean. Two men entered the business, implied a weapon, took property, and fled the store.  

Forensic evidence recovered from one of the crime scenes led to the positive identification of one of the suspects, Kelly Smith, 25, of Chantilly. Smith was arrested on Dec. 13 and charged with two counts of robbery. He was held at the Adult Detention Center on no bond. The following day, detectives were able to link Kelly to a third robbery. He was charged with the additional robbery while he remained at the ADC.

Investigative leads and additional interviews led detectives to the identification of a second suspect in the robbery series. Terrell Tapscott, 29, of Gainesville, was charged with four counts of robbery and those warrants were served on Saturday night by Virginia State Police. He is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

Both men are believed to be involved in additional robberies in neighboring jurisdictions. Our detectives are working with our law enforcement partners to help link these suspects to additional cases. Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 5. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest. Those who wish for a detective to contact them, please leave contact information.

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