1 man arrested and 2 on the run after armed robbery in Sumter
SUMTER, SC (WIS) - One man is in jail and two more are wanted in connection to an armed robbery at a jewelry store in Sumter on Monday, according to officers with the Sumter Police Department.
Officers say they are searching for 22-year-old Rondrick Mearite and 21-year-old Bradley Brown, both from Dillon, SC. Officers arrested 33-year-old Michael Knowles on Friday in the Columbia area. He was taken to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center and charged with armed robbery and four counts of kidnapping and conspiracy.
Officers describe Mearite as being 6' tall and weighing 155 lbs. He faces charges of armed robbery, conspiracy, four counts of kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
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Brown is described by officers as being about 6' 1" and weighing about 148 lbs. Officers say he was determined to be the get-away driver. He faces charges of armed robbery and conspiracy.
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Officers say on Monday afternoon, just before 4:45 pm, is when the men robbed a jewelry store on the 40th block of Wesmark Boulevard in Sumter. Four employees were in the store when two men with a handgun entered and demanded them to handover their personal belongings including cellphones, jewelry, wallets, and purses. The men also took an undetermined amount of jewelry from the store before fleeing the store on foot towards Sumter Mall, according to officers.
Officers say both Mearite and Brown should be considered armed and dangerous.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Rondrick Mearite or Bradley Brown, you are urged to contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways: Call 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372), Text TIPSC plus your tip info to CRIMES (274637), visit www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and email a tip. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
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