Authorities seek suspect in alleged armed robbery of clothing, cash of Broad Street store in Sumter


Sumter Police Department is seeking an armed robbery suspect accused of taking an undetermined amount of clothing and cash from a Broad Street business on Thursday night.

Officers responded to an armed robbery call at Elite Sole Loverz in the 500 block of Broad Street before 8 p.m., said Tonyia McGirt, public information officer for the police department.

McGirt said an employee of the store said she was confronted by an armed man, wearing a gray hoodie and black mask, who gave her trash bags and instructed her to fill them with shoes and clothing.

The employee was then told to load the bags into a dark-colored, four-door vehicle parked at the back of the store, she said.

The suspect is also accused of taking an undetermined amount of cash, she said, before leaving the building and driving away.

McGirt said the employee was not injured during the encounter.

Anyone with information about this alleged incident is asked to call the police department at (803) 436-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (1-888-274-6372).

A cash reward may be available for information that could lead to an arrest.