Armed robber thanks Lake Wylie clerk after stealing cash, hits her ‘butt’, cops say

An armed robber, who held a gun to a store clerk’s head, thanked her before hitting her on the rear end then fleeing with $30, police said.

The crime described by responding deputies as a robbery and assault happened around 4 a.m. Tuesday at the Circle K on Charlotte Highway on the South Carolina side of Lake Wylie, said Trent Faris, spokesperson for the York County Sheriff’s Office.

The store is in the 4000 block of S.C. 49., just south of the Buster Boyd Bridge that separates South Carolina from Charlotte in North Carolina.

The clerk said a man wearing a black mask, hoodie and gloves entered the store and pointed a handgun at her while demanding cash from the register, according to a police report.

The man went behind the counter, put the gun to the clerk’s side and again demanded money. The clerk did as she was asked and gave him about $30 that was in the cash drawer, police said.

“After she gave him the cash, he placed his arm around her while holding the gun and told her he was thankful for her cooperating while hitting her on her butt,” the report stated.

Video surveillance shows the incident and the man pointing the gun at the clerk in a threatening manner, officers said.

A suspect has not yet been identified, Faris said.

Officers believe he fled in a vehicle, Faris said.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 803-628-3059, or contact York County Crimestoppers at 877-409-4321 or

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.