Clerk charged in Rock Hill gas station robbery ‘conspiracy’

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comSeptember 24, 2013 

Greenwood

— The clerk who told police he was held at gunpoint while a hooded man robbed a Rock Hill gas station of money and cigarettes has been charged as the gunman’s co-conspirator, police said on Tuesday.

Avery Greenwood, the 19-year-old clerk at the Marathon/Kangaroo gas station on South Herlong Avenue, is charged with giving false information to police and criminal conspiracy, according to authorities.

At about 3:20 a.m., police were called to the Marathon/Kangaroo Express gas station on Herlong Avenue after receiving reports of an armed robbery, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Greenwood, 19, told police a man walked into the store with a gun and demanded money. He ordered Greenwood to place $264 worth of Black & Mild cigars and Newport cigarettes in a black bag, as well as $438 cash.

Greenwood claimed the robber began pushing buttons on the time lock safe before forcing the clerk into an office.

By noon Monday, police had charged Antonio Crawford, 21, in connection with the robbery.

An employee at the nearby McDonalds told police she saw Crawford run inside and then outside the store, the report states. Another witness, who said she was at Waffle House, told police she saw Crawford run towards the back of Pizza Hut.

Authorities found him walking within two miles of the gas station after they responded to the scene, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department.

After stopping him, they realized he was wanted on shoplifting charges and took him into custody, Bollinger said. That's when police began putting together "pieces of the puzzle."

Crawford gave police a full confession, Bollinger said, and implicated Greenwood as his accomplice.

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