A Sumter man is behind bars after being connected to a string of robberies that targeted the same convenience store for several months, according to Sumter Police Department officials.
Isharaah Rhikim Burgess, 19, was arrested on Feb. 27 in connection to an armed robbery that occurred at Frederick’s Citgo on South Guignard Drive and Oakland Avenue on July 14, 2014. While Burgess was in jail, further investigation revealed that he was tied to three other armed robberies that occurred at the same location.
Sumter police officials said Burgess allegedly robbed the store on September 24, 2014, Jan. 7 and Feb. 22 of this year. Each time the store was robbed, a masked man entered the store and pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money before fleeing with an undetermined amount of money.
Police believe that Burgess was the suspect involved in all of the robberies due to helpful tips from the public.
Burgess is being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, and his bond has been denied. He faces four counts of armed robbery and four counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.