Teens charged for armed robbery at Crosstown pizza shop

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Four teenagers have been arrested after police say they robbed a pizza shop in downtown Charleston this past weekend.

The Charleston Police Department say the four juveniles, between the ages of 13 and 15, robbed the Charleston Pizza Company on 271 Ashley Ave.

Police say the incident happened at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday when three of the juveniles robbed the business and an employee of his wallet, while one of the teens acted as a lookout.

The employee told police that while he was working, two men wearing white T-shirts with black shirts covering their faces entered the business and held the employee at gun point. The victim said each of the suspects had a semi-automatic handgun, one silver and one black.

A police report states as the suspects pointed their guns at the victims, both said,"Hands up, hands up, give me everything, empty the register!"

The victim told police after he gave the suspects all the cash in the register and turned away, the duo demanded the victim's wallet which they got as well as the victim's driver's license and a key to the store.

Police say the suspects then told the employee to get on the floor. The victim said he saw both of the suspects taking off down Kennedy Street toward the Gadsen Green area. A police report states a 7th grader was in the business for about an hour up until the robbery happened. Authorities say following the robbery, the juvenile left with the suspects.

Three of the juveniles are charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. The fourth juvenile is charged with armed robbery.  The suspects were being held in the juvenile detention center.

Investigators say the business was also robbed on July 31 by two males who were armed with a rifle. In that incident two male suspects with shirts covering their face demanded an employee to open the cash register and get on the ground.

The employee reported that the suspect with the rifle took the money out of the register while the other suspect gave commands to the victim.

Detectives have not determined if there is a connection between the robberies.

If you have any information about the robberies you are asked to call Charleston police at 577-7434 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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