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Deputies need help identifying suspects in string of robberies

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Law enforcement agencies in Lexington County are asking for help trying to identify and locate several men wanted in connection with a string of convenience store robberies.

Investigators say as many as five men were involved in the robberies at 24-hour convenience stores on Augusta Road and Sunset Boulevard in Lexington and West Columbia.  The robberies occurred between May 23rd and July 12th, between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.

Sheriff James Metts and Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green said in each robbery, the men covered their faces with cloths or masks.  They would run into the stores and force clerks to open cash registers.  Metts said the suspects stole cash, tobacco products and beer before driving away.

Investigators are looking for two vehicles in connection with the crimes.  One is a light-colored four-door sedan, possibly a Toyota or Chevrolet, with tinted windows and lacking hub caps on the passenger side.  The other vehicle is a burgundy or red four-door sedan, possibly a Honda Civic or Buick Century, with damage to the passenger side mirror.

The Pitt Stop on Sunset Boulevard was robbed twice within five days.  Robberies also occurred at the Hess Express, Circle K, Kangaroo Express, and Murphy Express, all on Augusta Road.

Lexington Police confirm a gun was used in at least one of the robberies.

If you have any information that can help investigators, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC. 

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