An armed man jumped over a counter at a Bi-Lo store in Rock Hill on Tuesday and grabbed hundreds of dollars from a cash register, police said.
No arrests have been made and no one was hurt, said Lt. Joe Johnson of the Rock Hill Police Department. The robbery was the first to be reported in 2008, he said.
Around 6:50 a.m., a 21-year-old employee was counting the morning deposits at Bi-Lo on Heckle Boulevard.
"She heard a noise and saw a man pointing a gun at her," Johnson said of the suspect, who was armed with a black handgun and wore a black mask.
Meanwhile, another armed man stood near the counter, police say.
"The cash drawer was open," Johnson said. "He removed all the big bills."
The man with the mask stuffed $9,000 in a backpack and ran from the store, according to police.
A witness told police that a mid-sized, tan-colored truck with a camper shell was seen leaving the back of the store, the police report notes. Another witness told police that a dark-colored Dodge Intrepid with its lights turned off entered the parking lot and backed into a space around 6:30 a.m., the report notes. Police believe the suspects got in one of those vehicles.
If caught, the men could face multiple charges, including possession of a weapon during a violent crime and armed robbery, Johnson said. That felony charge could carry up to 30 years in prison.
Anyone with information about the Bi-Lo robbery is asked to call Rock Hill police at 329-7200 or York County CrimeStoppers at 1-877- 409-4321.