Two charged in Smithfield, Surry 7-Eleven robberies

Published 6:21 pm Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Smithfield Police said two men were arrested and charged with robbing convenience stores in town and in Surry County.

According to Smithfield Police Lt. William Wooley, 31-year-old Brandon Gibson of Norfolk confessed to a Dec. 2 robbery at the 7-Eleven on Benns Church Boulevard. Police have also charged 28-year-old Christopher Orbeta of Chesapeake with the crime. Both men face charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Wooley said the charges are the result of an investigation that linked both suspects to the Dec. 5 robbery of another 7-Eleven in Surry using evidence gathered from multiple digital search warrants.

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Gibson and Orbeta were allegedly also involved in a Dec. 7 robbery spree on the Eastern Shore that targeted five locations. According to the online news outlet, which covers Delaware, Maryland and the Eastern Shore, the spree ended in a high-speed chase on Route 13 spanning Northampton and Accomack counties.

“The Smithfield Police Department is dedicated to the safety and security of our community. This case highlights the department’s relentless pursuit of justice and the effectiveness of inter-agency cooperation. We are committed to bringing those who commit crimes to justice and ensuring the peace and security of our citizens,” Wooley said.

Both suspects are awaiting further legal proceedings.