The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Market Express (Exxon), 9540 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, last night, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. The call was dispatched about 11:00 p. m., and deputies arrived within a minute. The employee told deputies she was alone in the store in the office behind the counter preparing to close when what is believed to be a man came into the store, walked around the counter, pointed a silver handgun at her, and demanded money from the registers. The robber told the employee he would not hurt her if she gave him the money. No shots were fired, and no one was injured. After taking cash and perhaps Newport cigarettes, the man left the store walking toward Marvin Road. The incident was captured by the store video surveillance system.
The robber was wearing a royal blue hoodie with the hood pulled over his head, faded blue jeans, and light colored sneakers with darker trim around the toes. He had his face covered by fabric and appears to have been wearing dark gloves. Photographs of the robber from the surveillance tape are attached.
“This was a pretty brazen robbery,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “From the tape it seems clear the robber was armed with a handgun. We have pretty good photos of this person although he was completely covered. I encourage anyone who recognizes this person or his clothing or knows anything about this robbery to contact us. You can provide information anonymously. We need to identify and arrest this violent offender as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways: dial 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.