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Man robs Markette at gunpoint

Also, alcohol citations at L-EHS prom site and on lake

Posted: April 6, 2014 2:09 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2014 5:00 a.m.

A man robbed the Markette in Lugoff at gunpoint, getting away with some cash early Saturday morning. The store is located in a triangle formed by the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 601.

Kershaw County Sherriff Jim Matthews said a female employee was opening up the store around 6 a.m. Saturday when an unidentified African-American male came into the store, brandishing a firearm and demanded cash.

“He got away with an undetermined amount of money,” Matthews said. “He fled out the front door and went around back. A customer getting gas saw him, but didn’t know what was going on until later.”

Matthews said a tracking team determined the man went behind the store to a point where they found tire tracks.

“We believe he got into a vehicle and left the scene,” he said.

Matthews said anyone with information about the armed robbery at the Markette should call the sheriff’s office at 425-1512 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Matthews also said deputies encountered two instances of underage drinking during the weekend. He said deputies cited two teens in Lugoff-Elgin High School’s parking lot while the school’s junior/senior prom was taking place inside the cafeteria annex.

Matthews said deputies issued citations to both teens for being minors in possession of alcohol.

“One was in possession of a couple of coolers of beer, and the other was in possession of liquor,” Matthews said.

The sheriff said deputies also responded to a report of an underage party on the 2800 block of Lake Road on the Lugoff side of Lake Wateree.

“We got a tip and when (deputies) got there, there were at least 50 underage kids at the party with alcohol everywhere,” Matthews said. “No arrests were made -- we couldn’t prove who was actually in possession of the alcohol -- but all the alcohol was seized and destroyed at the scene.”

He said deputies determined none of the young people attending the party were impaired.

However, deputies did find one minor in possession of marijuana, Matthews said. He said deputies issued the teen a citation to appear in family court and turned them over to their parents.

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