COLUMBIA, SC — Lexington police are seeking four men they say robbed a Murphy Express on Augusta Road during the early morning hours Friday and are suspects in five earlier convenience store hold-ups.
The men, who were wearing masks, forced the clerk to open cash registers and stole money, cigarettes and beer at about 4:15 a.m. Friday, according to a news release.
The men fled on foot towards Dooley Road, and detectives think a getaway vehicle was parked there.
The incident is the sixth in a string of armed robberies at 24-hour convenience stores on Augusta Road and Sunset Boulevard, police said.
Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Lexington Police Department want help identifying as many as five men involved.
The first robbery occurred on May 23. The robberies occurred between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m., and the men covered their faces with cloths or masks, according to the release.
The men ran into the stores, forced clerks to open cash registers and stole money, tobacco products and beer before driving off, the release said.
Two motor vehicles might be connected to the robberies, a light-colored, four-door sedan with tinted windows and no hubcaps on the passenger’s side of the vehicle.
The second vehicle is a burgundy or red, four-door sedan with the passenger’s side mirror damaged.
Anyone with information about the robberies should call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department (803) 785-8230, the Lexington Police Department (803) 359-6260.