FLORENCE - Three men identified by authorities as Benedict College students were arrested and charged this week in connection with the daylight robbery of a Florence check-cashing business.
Facing armed robbery charges are Trey Demarcus Douglas, 24 of Timmonsville; Tristan Ronnie-Dimetrius Stringer, 22 of Detroit; and Alfred Quintavious Jones, 22, of College Park, Ga., according to the Florence Police Department.
Officers made arrests within minutes of the robbery after seeing two men with a bank bag jump into an awaiting car not far from the Check Into Cash store on West Palmetto Street. The suspects then mistakenly drove down a dead-end road and were caught, Florence Police Maj. Carlos Raines said Friday.
The robbery happened about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday. Raines said the suspects told authorities they are students at the small private college in Columbia. The college is a private liberal arts college with an undergraduate population of 2,800 students. Benedict officials could not be reached Friday evening.