New surveillance video shows Ft. Mill Harris Teeter robbers

New surveillance video shows Ft. Mill Harris Teeter robbers

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on July 31, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 31 at 6:44 PM

YORK COUNTY, S.C. -- The York County Sheriff’s Office has released surveillance video from the armed robbery at a Harris Teeter in late May to see if the public might recognize the bold bandits. 

Shortly after the robbery, the Sheriff’s Office released still shots of the surveillance video, but that did not get enough leads in the investigation.

In the video you can see two men, and both have their face covered wearing hats.  One of the men is also wearing a hoodie.

The robbers came in around 9:50 p.m., one is behind the other. 

Trent Faris of the Sheriff’s Office said the first man walks up and tells the cashier and some customers to listen to his accomplice, who is a few steps behind.  Then he walks to the customer service counter and asks for the manager.

He forces the manager into the office and makes him clean out the safe as he stands by an open door. The crook also orders the pregnant clerk to place money in a plastic bag. At one point he fires a shot in the direction of the horrified woman.

“As you can see in this video, these two guys are dangerous.  They are not afraid to pop off a couple of shots with people around.  We’re just lucky that they didn’t hit anybody when they fired the shots,” said Faris.  “What we’re hoping is someone out there will recognize these guys through their mannerisms, through their clothes.”

The other man holding the cashier and customers at gunpoint makes her empty her cash drawer and forcefully grabs her when she doesn’t move fast enough.

In the video you can also see him point his gun at customers who attempt to leave the store. He then runs to the store office to check on the other crook, and then the pair flees the store, run across the parking lot to what police said was an older model Lincoln town car, either silver or sky blue.

“We are looking at other surveillance video of other places near the Harris Teeter,” said one Sheriff Deputy.

Police said that this is the same pattern that has played out in several other store robberies, which led authorities to believe that the pair is the same from similar armed robberies in Charlotte at two different Harris Teeters, a Food Lion in Huntersville and two Rite Aids—one in Statesville, the other in Cornelius.

Authorities said they want them behind bars before they strike again.

“They weren’t afraid to fire off a shot next to a pregnant woman.  They manhandled a cashier just for the cash out the draws, so these guys are dangerous,” Faris said.
 

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