Businesses on alert after 2 Mt. Pleasant grocery stores robbed

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Business owners are on alert in the wake of armed robberies at two Mt. Pleasant grocery stores in three days.

On Friday night, men wearing masks and armed with handguns held up the Food Lion on Long Ppoint Road.

Police say one of the bandits pointed a gun at a cashier and forced her to open a safe in a back room. Two customers ran out the back door and hid in the woods.

Craig Foster owns a pub in the Food Lion shopping center. He said everyone was kind of shocked. He also said one of his own employees almost got caught in the middle of Friday night's robbery.

"We ran over to get a last minute item real fast, and he was in there and walked out and not even a couple of minutes later cops were everywhere," Foster said.

Right next door to the Food Lion is a liquor store owned by Dawn Hatchell.

"Thankfully I close before it's dark outside so that helps me out and it's still busy over in the shopping center, so I don't think anyone would actually try anything," Hatchell said.

On Sunday night two men with handguns robbed the Harris Teeter on Tea Planters Road off Highway 17 North.

According to police, the suspects came in the front door, demanded money and took off. No one was hurt and no customers were in the store at the time.

Investigators aren't sure if the Food Lion and Harris Teeter robberies are related. No one was hurt in either stickup.

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