FORT MILL — Employees at a Fort Mill gas station were held at gunpoint early Thursday when two men police believe might have committed similar crimes in Charlotte robbed the store, getting away with cash and cigarettes, deputies said.
At about 2 a.m., deputies responded to the 7-Eleven store on Carowinds Boulevard after receiving calls about an armed robbery, according to a York County Sheriff's report. Authorities spoke with two employees, 42 and 46, both of Charlotte, who told police that two men armed with guns walked in and demanded cigarettes and money.
The gunmen left the store with $60 cash and two cartons of Newport cigarettes, the report states.
The suspects ran toward Frugal McDougal, said York County Sheriff's Deputy Kim Morehouse.
Deputies arrived "within seconds" of the call about the robbery, but were unable to find the suspects. A K-9 unit tracked the suspects towards Interstate 77.
Witnesses told police the two drove away in a red 2003 Chevy Silverado pickup truck with a North Carolina license plate.
While York County investigators were still on scene, they received a call about a robbery at the Circle K convenience store in Charlotte's University area, deputies said. Those robbers, deputies say, matched the description of the two men who robbed the Circle K.
At least two more robberies were reported in Charlotte, as well, said Keith Trietley, Charlotte Police spokesman.
The method of operation for all the robberies were similar, Trietley said, but he did not have specific details about those incidents. Police have obtained a copy of the surveillance video.
Employees at the Fort Mill 7-Eleven declined to comment.