ROCK HILL — Deputies are looking for a man in a monkey mask who robbed a Rock Hill convenience store at knife-point Thursday, getting away with 25 rolls of pennies and telling the clerk that it was her "lucky day" as he left the store with his bounty. On Friday, authorities released surveillance video of the incident, asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect.
Authorities were sent to the Kangaroo Express gas station on Ebenezer Road near Twin Lakes and Celanese roads at about 9:30 p.m. when a clerk, 19, reported that a knife-wielding man in a costume monkey mask robbed the store, according to a York County Sheriffs report. The clerk told deputies that the man walked behind the sales counter towards her, displaying a small knife that he pointed at her while demanding money from the cash register.
The suspect took money from the register before demanding the clerks wallet, the report states. The clerk handed over her wallet, but begged the gunman to let her keep her money because she needed it. The robber did not take her money, but reached down under the sales counter and grabbed a cardboard bank coin box filled with 25 rolls of pennies worth 50 cents each. The clerk estimated that he got away with $150.
The suspect tried fleeing through the back door, but he struggled with it, the report states. The clerk told him that if he left through the back door, the alarm would trigger. He fled through the front door, but not before telling the clerk that it was her lucky day.
Deputies watched video of the robber, who wore baggy black sweat pants and red tennis shoes with a white rubber sole, the report states. The clerk was not harmed during the robbery and appeared calm. Deputies found several rolls of pennies on the floor near the back door and sales counter.
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321 or go to www.yorkcrimestoppers.com