Sumter investigators seek help identifying armed robbery suspect

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Sumter County investigators are seeking the identity of a male suspect who reportedly committed armed robbery at a convenience store in the 1700 block of Pinewood Road on Feb. 16.

According to an incident report, after arriving on scene, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office deputies were told by a store employee that a black male wearing a black trench coat, black hat and gray sweat pants entered the store with his face covered.

The suspect allegedly approached the counter and said, “Give me the twenties,” to which the employee responded, “Are you serious?” When the suspect answered, “Yes,” the victim opened the cash register and gave the man the twenties. He then demanded the $10 bills, and she obliged. According to the victim, the suspect appeared to have a weapon because he kept his hands in his pockets.

The male then left the store heading toward Pinewood.

After the investigator was able to view the store’s camera footage, he advised deputies that the suspect had arrived at the store in a small-sized SUV. He also advised the suspect was wearing mint green flip-flop style shoes.

According to Deputy Adrienne Sarvis, public information officer for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle that the suspect fled in appears to be a Mazda Tribute.

Anyone who has information about this incident or who recognizes the suspect’s clothing or vehicle is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (803) 436-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.