Crime

July 25, 2014

2 West Columbia men charged with armed robbery of Kangaroo Express

Two West Columbia men were charged Friday following the early morning armed robbery of the Kangaroo Express convenience store at 3527 Charleston Highway, a business that one of the suspects regularly patronized.

Two West Columbia men were charged Friday following the early morning armed robbery of the Kangaroo Express convenience store at 3527 Charleston Highway, a business that one of the suspects regularly patronized.

Patrick Laron Benn, 22, and Brad Deshawn Harris, 17, allegedly donned bandanas to cover their faces and entered the store around 3:19 am on Friday, threatened the clerk with a handgun and demanded cash and cigarettes.

The robbers left the store with $53 in cash and 10 packs of Newport cigarettes, Lexington County Sheriff A. Lewis McCarty said in a news release. Harris, McCarty said, was identified as a regular shopper at the store.

Both men were tracked down to their homes and arrested. They were being held at the Lexington County Detention Center Friday night.

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