String of robberies in Sumter could be related, investigators say

SUMTER, SC - The Sumter Item is reporting on a robbery spree in the area.

According to The Item, authorities are investigating four armed robberies and a burglary where two teens were shot in a 13-hour time span between Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Sumter County Sheriff's Deputies say they have a 17-year-old in custody and they are considering him to be the getaway driver. The suspect is being questioned in regards to Saturday morning's robbery of Dixon's Grocery.

A 16-year-old male and 17-year old male are in fair condition after being shot with bird shot by the owner of the grocery store. Police say the store owner confronted the teens about stealing liquor.

Investigators say the boys started their crime wave Friday night at the Chicken Shack when a 29-year-old woman told authorities that a young man pointed a shotgun at her and an 11-year-old girl. The incident report says the suspect then pointed the weapon at a 58-year-old man, who tried to take the gun away from the suspect. The report goes on to say the suspect then ran out, and no one was hurt.

Investigators say around 9:30 p.m. a couple was robbed of $700 after a male presented a sawed-off shotfun and demanded money. Authorities say after getting the money, the suspect fled the scene. The couple was not hurt.

Investigators say about 12:15 a.m., a man at a Kangaroo convenience store said two men entered the store. Authorities say one of the suspects had a shotgun and the other had a handgun. The suspect with the handgun shot two rounds and took off with an unknown amount of money according to police. No one was hurt.

Investigators say two teenagers broke into Dixon's Grocery and were stealing items in the store when the store owner arrived and shot the duo with bird shot from a shotgun.

Despite their injuries, police say the two got away and quickly called an ambulance while they were behind the Wal-Mart Supercenter. The suspects said the incident took place at the Supercenter, but the man police say might be the getaway driver said otherwise.

Authorities have not decided on what charges will be brought against the suspects.

Police say they don't think the same people were involved with the robberies, but they are checking several leads.

Sumter Police and the Sheriff's Department are working together to try and find any correlation between the robberies.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to called the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700 or the Sumter County Sheriff's Department at (803) 436-2774.