CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – A $20,000 reward is being offered by the FBI for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of suspects wanted in at least 25 Asian restaurant armed robberies in the Lowcountry.
Armed robberies at Asian businesses have occurred in the Lowcountry in April, August, September, October and November, according to a release from SLED.
The armed suspects typically enter the restaurants wearing items such as gloves, masks, hoodies and dark clothing to conceal their identities.
SLED and the agencies investigating the robberies have formed a joint enforcement team to investigate the string of crimes.
The agencies involved in the task force include: SLED, the FBI, sheriff's offices from Beaufort County, Berkeley County, Charleston County, Colleton County, Dorchester County and Orangeburg County and the Charleston, Folly Beach, Walterboro, Holly Hill, Summerville and Goose Creek Police Departments.
- Aug. 1: China Wok, Charleston
- Aug. 19: Pan Garden, Folly Beach
- Aug. 25: China Chef, Summerville
- Aug: 28: Pan's Super Buffet, Dorchester County
- Aug. 29: China Fun Restaurant, West Ashley
- Aug. 30: Jade Garden, West Ashley
- Sept. 5: China Chef, Goose Creek
- Sept. 10: Tenichi Japanese Restaurant, West Ashley
- Sept. 12: China Chef Restaurant, Goose Creek
- Sept. 30: Ocean Dragon, Holly Hill
- Oct. 2: Chinese Palace, Summerville
- Oct. 6: Lam's Garden, Ravenel
- Oct. 7: Dragon Gate, James Island
- Oct. 25: China Taste Restaurant, Johns Island
- Oct. 28: Pan's Super Buffet, Dorchester County
- Nov. 16: China Chef, Summerville