Crime

Two men steal cash, cigarettes in armed robbery at York gas station

York Police are looking for two men who robbed the Shell gas station on East Liberty Street Tuesday night.
York Police are looking for two men who robbed the Shell gas station on East Liberty Street Tuesday night. courtesy of Greg Suskin, WSOC-TV

York police are seeking two men who robbed a gas station Tuesday night.

Officers were called to the Shell station beside the Bi-Lo on East Liberty Street at 8:20 p.m. after two men entered the store armed with a semi-automatic handgun, said Lt. Rich Caddell with the York Police Department.

The robbers ordered the clerk to empty the cash register and a safe behind the counter, then stole several cartons of cigarettes before fleeing on foot to the other side of the supermarket.

Police dogs were dispatched to the scene to track the suspects, and led police to a parking lot of a property off South Pacific Avenue, where detectives believe a getaway car was located. The suspects got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

The men were unmasked, and only one was armed, Caddell said. One is described as approximately 6-feet tall with close-cropped hair, while the other was shorter and had long deadlocks tied together in a bun. Both men were approximately in their 20s.

Besides the clerk, one customer was inside the store at the time and fled at the sight of the robbers. Police are trying to locate that individual, and were reviewing security footage from the store Wednesday.

This is the second armed robbery in a week, after a masked gunman held up a convenience store on S.C. 321 South early Saturday morning. Police don’t believe the two incidents are connected.

“There are no similarities between the two, and this time we had two individuals instead of one,” Caddell said.

Bristow Marchant •  803-329-4062

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