The Lexington County Sheriff's Department and Lexington Police Department are asking the public's help in identifying as many as five men who have committed six robberies at five convenience stores in the Lexington and West Columbia communities.
The robberies occurred overnight between May 23rd and July 12th and in each case, the suspects – said to be black males – covered their faces with cloths or masks to conceal their identities, ran into the stores and forced clerks to open cash registers, then stole money, tobacco products and beer before driving off.
The stores targeted were Pitt Stop at 3809 Sunset Boulevard on May 23rd and May 28th, Hess Express at 3006 Augusta Road on June 20th, Circle K at 2308 Augusta Road on June 23rd, Kangaroo Express at 3950 Augusta Road on July 8th and Murphy Express at 4873 Augusta Road on July 12th (surveillance video shown above).
Detectives also are seeking help in locating or obtaining information about two vehicles that might be connected to the robberies or might have been driven by someone who witnessed the incidents.
One vehicle is a light-colored, four-door sedan, possibly a Toyota or Chevrolet, with tinted windows and no hubcaps on the passenger’s side.
The second vehicle is a burgundy or red four-door sedan, possibly a Honda Civic or Buick Century, and the passenger’s side mirror is damaged.
Anyone with information about the robberies or suspects is asked to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230, the Lexington Police Department at (803) 359-6260 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.