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K-Mart armed robbery suspect arrested

Posted: February 26, 2013 7:38 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2013 5:00 a.m.

A person of interest in the armed robbery of the Camden Kmart is now arrested and charged with the crime.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) investigators arrested Gregory Andrew Cason, 50, of Columbia. Cason is a former assistant manager for the Kmart store in Camden. Investigators charged him with armed robbery.

In a statement released to the press Saturday, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said a man later identified as Cason entered the Kmart shortly before closing on Feb. 4. He then allegedly concealed himself in the stock room and -- as employees came in to process the day’s earnings -- jumped out, brandishing a knife and demanding the money.

At one point there was a struggle between one of the employees and Cason, who ended up getting locked out of the room where the employees secured themselves. He reportedly fled the store on foot with what a KCSO incident report listed as $1,700 cash and escaped apprehension at that time.

A review of the surveillance system indicated that it had been disabled prior to the robbery in such a manner that only someone familiar with it could have done. Investigators focused their investigation on current and former employees and narrowed down their suspects to Cason who had been an assistant manager at the Kmart until May 2012 when he resigned.

As KCSO investigators built their case, Richland County authorities arrested Cason around 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22 after responding to a suspicious vehicle call on Two Notch Road. Cason was found sleeping in his car with an open container of alcohol in his vehicle behind a gas station. Richland County deputies arrested him and took him to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Separately, and approximately one-half hour later, KCSO investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Cason for armed robbery. When investigators entered his name and charges into the national crime database, it produced an immediate hit indicating he was in custody at Alvin S. Glenn.

Early the next morning, Richland County released Cason to Kershaw County custody who transferred him to the Kershaw County Detention Center. Online jail and court records show he is still being held there on a $200,000 cash surety bond.

According to the KCSO, Cason has previous arrests for misdemeanor battery in 1994, simple battery in Georgia in 1994 and 1997, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

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