Two Fort Mill men face charges in connection with an armed robbery that prompted some customers and employees to run out of Lowes Food store near Tega Cay two weeks ago.
Police have charged Howard Everett Anderson, 17, of 1368 Barnett Woods Crossing and Jeffery Lawrence Brousseau, 18, of 3130 Torrence Branch Drive with armed robbery with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, criminal conspiracy and petty larceny related to the Nov. 15 robbery of the grocery store at 867 Stockbridge Drive.
Brousseau also faces a charge of financial transaction card fraud.
"Our investigation showed that Mr. Brousseau went inside the store, and Mr. Anderson waited outside," said Capt. Jerry Hoffman of the York County Sheriff's Office.
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Some customers and employees who witnessed the robbery fled the store into the parking lot and called 911 on their cell phones.
A witness told police that a man with a blue bandanna on his face entered the store with a long gun, according to a Sheriff's report. The man yelled and demanded money from the cashiers behind the service counter.
The man ran off with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the report.
A police dog was not able to locate the man. However, the investigation led authorities to Anderson and Brousseau, Hoffman said. The pair were arrested Monday, he said.
An updated incident report states both Anderson and Brousseau "admitted to their part in the robbery." Officials did not recover the weapon or stolen money, Hoffman said.
Anderson has no criminal history in the state, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
However, Brousseau was charged with petty larceny in March and May, according to SLED. In July, police charged him with use of a vehicle without permission and malicious injury to personal property, according to SLED.
Anderson's bond was set at $100,465, while Brousseau's bond was set at $101,465, according to the Sheriff's Web site.
Both men could face up to 30 years in prison on the armed robbery with a deadly weapon charge, according to the 16th Circuit Solicitor's Office. They remained in custody Wednesday night at York County Detention Center in York.