Orange County, Mebane searching for 3 men who robbed driver at Buckhorn truck stop

Orange County deputies and Mebane police are looking for three men who robbed a truck driver Wednesday morning at the Petro station on Buckhorn Road.

Gravelly Hill Middle School, located nearby on West Ten Road, was placed on a soft lockdown, with exterior doors locked, as a precaution, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The men, who are thought to be in their 20s, left the Petro Shopping Center Truck Stop at 500 Buckhorn Road on foot just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, the news release stated. One was wearing a brown shirt, deputies reported.

The station is in western Orange County, a few miles from the Alamance County line.

The truck driver told officers that three men robbed him of an undisclosed amount of cash. The driver was able to puncture a tire of the men’s vehicle, disabling it, deputies said, and the men fled on foot in the direction of West Ten Road.

According to Alicia L. Stemper, Director of Public Information and Special Services at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, a witness saw people now believed to be suspects getting into an SUV and driving away. They were likely out of the area long before law enforcement arrived on the scene.

The investigation is continuing and more information will be released as it becomes available, the release stated.

Tammy Grubb has written about Orange County’s politics, people and government since 2010. She is a UNC-Chapel Hill alumna and has lived and worked in the Triangle for over 25 years.