Crime & Courts

Lexington man charged with convenience store robberies

Lexington County detectives have arrested a Lexington man they believe robbed three convenience stores and tried to rob one pizza delivery business.

The crimes occurred between Jan. 13 and Jan. 18 at the four businesses on Augusta Road and Platt Springs Road near Lexington.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives on Monday arrested Edgar Colon, 36, of Sycamore Tree Road, Lexington, on three counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery.

Colon was being held today at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

Detectives showed surveillance camera photographs of the robbery suspect to employees at businesses in the areas where the robberies occurred, Metts said. A business owner told detectives that Colon resembled the man shown in the surveillance photos. Detectives later questioned Colon and arrested him after interviewing him about the robberies.

Police say that in each of the robberies, the suspect wore a black leather coat and showed employees at the businesses a toy pistol that was an actual firearm, Metts said.

Detectives say they recovered the leather coat as well as the toy pistol.

An arrest warrant alleges that on Jan. 13, $100 was taken from the cash register at a Pitt Stop convenience store on Augusta Road. On Jan. 16, $50 was taken from the cash register at a Kangaroo Express convenience store on Augusta Road.

On Jan. 18, Kwik Way convenience store on Augusta Road, about $650 in cash from a cash register at the store, Metts said. That same day someone tried to rob a Papa John’s Pizza delivery business on Platt Springs Road.

Under South Carolina law, armed robbery is a felony that carries a maximum punishment of 30 years in prison, Metts said. Attempted armed robbery is a felony that carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.

-- From Staff Reports

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