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Witness: Tega Cay robbery 'scary'

The still image above from a video shows the masked suspect, left, in Thursday's robbery of the Lowes Foods near Tega Cay.
The still image above from a video shows the masked suspect, left, in Thursday's robbery of the Lowes Foods near Tega Cay.

FORT MILL -- The night was calm around the Stockbridge Drive shopping center near Tega Cay on Thursday.

Then, just after 7 p.m., someone with a rifle robbed the Lowes Foods store.

"We heard the commotion and we saw a lot of people run out of Lowes Foods," said Dylan Hunt, the 21-year-old owner of Gamers Edge, a gaming cafe near Lowes. "It was pretty scary."

People were yelling "Gun," he said.

Authorities said employees and customers saw a man committing the robbery and ran out into the parking lot and began calling 911 on their cell phones.

The York County Sheriff's Office still hadn't made an arrest in the case Friday, Capt. Jerry Hoffman said.

Investigators released images of the robber that were captured from surveillance video. The pictures show a person with a bandanna covering his face. He's wearing a toboggan hat and dark coat.

In one image, he's pointing a gun at a man pushing a shopping cart.

After the people spilled out of Lowes, Hunt locked the doors to his store. He turned the company's Web cam toward the scene, but it wasn't recording.

"The cops came instantly," he said. "With shotguns and rifles and a SWAT team."

After watching the action through the glass for awhile, Hunt's colleague, Josh Stockman, decided he needed to go back to work.

The 21-year-old took the trash outside to the dumping bin, and when he got there he saw someone dart from the back of Lowes Foods and run to a wooded area behind Gamers Edge.

He said the person was wearing a hat and dark coat but couldn't see much else, including if the person had a gun.

No store property was damaged and the company is not disclosing how much money was taken, said Lowes spokeswoman Dianne Blancato.

The store reopened Thursday night after the robbery, Blancato said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 628-3059 or CrimeStoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.

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