Police: man, teen used sawed-off shotgun in robbery

Fortunato (Source: DCSO)
Fortunato (Source: DCSO)

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Two people were taken into custody after deputies in Dorchester County say they used a sawed-off shotgun to rob three teenagers Wednesday night.

John Fortunato, 21, and a 16-year-old boy were picked up by deputies shortly after the robbery in the Greenhurst subdivision. During questioning, the juvenile suspect admitted they were patrolling the area looking for someone else to rob when deputies caught up to them.

According to investigators, a deputy spotted the suspects' car and followed it until Fortunato and the unnamed teen stopped at a convenience store at the corner of Midland Parkway and Trolley Road.

The deputy searched the suspects' car and recovered a shotgun, a toy pistol and shotgun shells. The two suspects were then arrested.

According to authorities, both men confessed to robbing the three teens.

The juvenile is being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia. The deputy also found a stash of marijuana on the teen during the search.

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