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Dollar General robbed Thursday evening

Posted: April 8, 2011 4:15 p.m.
Updated: April 11, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Three masked men entered the Dollar General at 1616 Jefferson Davis Highway around 7 p.m. Thursday and forced employees to open a safe at gunpoint and before tying them up. According to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) report, the men got away with at least $2,000.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene at 7:38 p.m. and arrived a few minutes later, approximately 40 minutes after the men are thought to have entered the store, according to times listed on KCSO Cpl. Ken Lewis’ report. The report indicated the robbers left the scene at about 7:15.

Lewis reported that after he cleared the building of any possible suspects, he found two female employees with their hands tied sitting near the front office. He said both employees told him they were closing the building and preparing to leave when the three men wearing dark blue or black clothing forced their way in through the front door.

All three men were said to also be wearing something which covered or other obscured their faces. One of the men allegedly pointed a pistol at the two employees, they said, forcing them to open the safe.

The employees said once the safe was open, their hands were tied with electrical cord and tape. The men then took the money out of the safe. The man with the gun reportedly entered the office and damaged the security system computer monitors. Investigators are looking to see if they can recover any video surveillance.

Several deputies, including the KCSO K-9 tracking team, attempted to locate the suspects. A set of footprints was located believed to belong to the suspects.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said Friday the robbery may be gang related, but he is not sure.

“I have been told that at least one of the suspects shouted ‘Bloods! Bloods! Bloods!’ as they ran out of the store,” Matthews said. “We don’t know if that means they are Bloods are if they just wanted people to think they are Bloods.”

Anyone with information about Thursday’s robbery is asked to call KCSO investigators at 425-1512.


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