York County investigates 3 recent armed robberies
The York County Sheriff’s Office is searching for suspects in three armed robberies since Friday – two in Fort Mill and one in Catawba.
Investigators are working to see if the three cases are connected, but that it not known at this time, said sheriff’s office spokesman Trent Faris.
In the most recent incident, a Waffle House on Regent Parkway in Fort Mill was robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.
Police were dispatched to the restaurant at about 3:15 a.m., the report says. Victims told police two men came into the store.
A victim told police one of the suspects jumped over the table to the kitchen and smacked him in the face with a black handgun, the report says.
The victim said the man took about $160, a cell phone and the key to his rental car, the report says.
Another victim in the Waffle House incident told police the two men ordered her to open the cash register, the report says. They took $235 from the register and also took the $20 the victim had in her pocket, the report says.
The suspects told the victims to stay on the ground or they would be shot, the report says.
The suspects drove off in a silver or gold Crown Victory or Mercury Marquis, according to the sheriff’s office.
In a second incident, a Kangaroo Express store on U.S. 21 in Fort Mill was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday morning, according to a sheriff’s office report.
The store clerk told deputies one man came in the store and pulled a gun, the report says.
She told police that he walked behind the counter and yelled “to get it out” and “this ain’t a joke,” the report says.
The man took $292.47 from the registers. Witnesses told police the man left the scene in a gold Mercury Marquis driven by a woman, the report says.
A third store was robbed at gunpoint just before 12:15 a.m. Friday, Faris said.
The Catawba Express off S.C. 5 near Catawba was robbed a gunpoint by a man wearing a mask, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office post on Youtube.
The mask had just one eye hole cut out, the post says.
Deputies obtained surveillance video and images from the video.
Anyone with information should call York County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-409-4321 or 803-628-3059.
Hannah Smoot: 803-329-4068