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‘Armed’ robber arrested

Posted: January 29, 2018 4:57 p.m.
Updated: January 30, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Christopher Lewis Tyler

The man accused of entering two Camden convenience stores and demanding money by claiming an accomplice was in a car with guns is now behind bars thanks to an alert Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputy.

According to a pair of Jan. 24 Camden Police Department (CPD) reports, Christopher Lewis Tyler, 39, of Spears Creek Road, Lugoff, entered the Circle K at the corner of DeKalb and Mill streets in Camden just before 9 p.m., walked up to the register and said, “I need you to open the register and give me everything you have in there. There is someone else in the car with a gun.” The clerk refused, so Tyler allegedly grabbed the arm of another clerk who was holding a deposit. The clerk pulled her arm back and said she was calling the police and Tyler left in a white SUV, possibly an Infiniti.

About 25 minutes later, around 9:25 p.m., Tyler allegedly entered another Circle K on North Broad Street, walked around the counter and grabbed the clerk’s arm. Tyler purportedly led the clerk to the register and told him to open the register and give him the money. He then allegedly told him he had another person with guns outside. The clerk opened the register and gave Tyler an undetermined amount of money. Tyler then ran out of the store, got in the SUV and sped off.

Officers served Tyler with warrants for armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and kidnapping around 7 p.m. Friday, according to one of the reports.

CPD Capt. Lee Boan said investigators received information identifying Tyler as the suspect from a KCSO deputy after the CPD’s release of pictures from surveillance video of him and the SUV.

In an email statement Monday morning, Sheriff Jim Matthews confirmed the deputy recognized the description of the white 2001 Infiniti.

“On (Thursday) … a deputy took a report on a breach of trust of a white 2001 Infiniti SUV that occurred on January 23,” Matthews wrote. “After taking the report, the deputy recalled that a vehicle matching that description had been involved in two armed robberies in Camden on January 24. Using store surveillance photos, the deputy was able to obtain positive identification of the suspect, who was identified as Christopher Tyler.”

In addition, Matthews said the deputy also learned that Tyler had been arrested on Thursday in Richland County on an unrelated charge and was being detained at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Boan confirmed the same information.

“At this time, the vehicle has been located and Tyler has been charged,” he said.


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