Wednesday, May 15, 2013
There were three robberies at three businesses in a three-day period — all with the same method of operation.
The first occurred Friday at Pawleys Island Bakery at 10517 Ocean Highway.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson said at about 1:20 p.m. Friday a black male wearing a gray and red stripped shirt, black pants, black shoes and gray hat entered the business.
“The suspect requested change, the clerk complied and once the cash drawer was opened, the suspect reached in and removed an undisclosed amount of currency. The suspect then fled on foot in a south bound direction. No weapons were displayed and no threat of force was implied,” Cuthbertson said.
The second incident happened at about 1:45 p.m. Sunday at the Kangaroo convenience store on Church Street in Georgetown.
A clerk said a man who appeared to be in his mid-30s asked for change for a $50 bill. Once the register was open, the man reached over and grabbed cash out of it. The clerk started screaming and slammed the drawer on the man’s hand, causing him to drop the money on the counter and floor.
While the suspect — described as a black man wearing navy blue pants and a Polo shirt and a blue baseball cap — was scooping the money off the floor, a man heard the commotion and walked over and said “hey man, I work at a Kangaroo and it’s not worth it so you need to get out of here.” The robber then looked at the cashier and said “have a good day.”
He then fled on foot behind the store. He apparently lost his baseball cap while making his escape because it was recovered by police.
A bicycle he had been riding before the robbery was also seized from behind the store.
Police reviewed video from the Kangaroo and from the Wilco store across St. James Street. The man was seen trying to get change for a $100 bill at that store before the Kangaroo incident.
The third robbery occurred at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at CVS at Five Points in Georgetown.
A female clerk said a black man wearing a red shirt and red baseball cap asked for change for a $100 bill. When he was told he had to buy something, he handed the clerk some candy.
When the clerk opened the register, the man looked over but was told by the cashier not to look in the register.
“You are going to have to fight me tonight,” the man responded as he grabbed her arm.
The woman yelled for her manager as the suspect took cash from the register then fled the store on foot. A bicycle was left behind which was seized by police.
The manager said the suspect had been in the store several times Sunday but did not purchase anything.
Police advised other area business owners to be on the lookout for the man and explained how he was stealing cash.
A cashier at the Carolina Petro on Exchange Street said a man matching his description asked for change at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday but another customer walked in and the man left.
When reviewing video, it appears the man who robbed the Kangaroo was not the same man who robbed CVS, the report states.
The investigation is also continuing to determine if the same person who committed one or both of the robberies in Georgetown is connected with the bakery robbery in Pawleys Island.
By Scott Harper