Deputies search for suspects in department store armed robbery

Richland County deputies are searching for three suspects after a fourth was detained by a Belk’s loss prevention officer during an armed robbery of the store Tuesday evening.

Lt. Curtis Wilson, a sheriff’s department spokesman, said deputies responded to the store, located in the 600 block of Promenade Place in the Village at Sandhill, after a reported armed robbery.

Wilson said deputies learned from the store’s employees that four suspects were allegedly stealing clothes from the store. At one point during the robbery, Wilson said a suspect pointed a handgun at two of the store’s employees and threatened to shoot them before the suspects fled the scene.

However the store’s loss prevention officer was able to detain one of the suspects allegedly involved in the robbery, Wilson said.

Approximately $700 in merchandise was stolen from the store, Wilson said.

Richland County deputies will continue to investigate the incident.

If anyone has information regarding the robbery they are asked to call Crimestoppers 1 (888)-CRIME-SC.