WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a 21-year-old man who was waiting for his food at a drive-thru was arrested by police officers for armed robberies in West Ashley, North Charleston and Charleston County.
The Charleston Police Department, North Charleston police and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office have charged Jeffrey James Kirk with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Charleston police officials say Kirk's charges stem from committing three armed robberies at gas stations on Sunday and Monday.
NCPD officials say Kirk was arrested at a fast food drive-thru on Monday afternoon when a police officer reported that he saw a car on Northwoods Boulevard that matched the description of a vehicle that was involved in a robbery on Sunday.
Police say the driver, later identified as Kirk, drove to a restaurant on 2500 Ashley Phosphate Rd., placed an order at the drive-thru and paid for his food at the first window. The police officer, who was following from behind, advised the staff at the first drive-thru window to delay the order.
Authorities say as Kirk was waiting for his order at the second window, more officers arrived and conducted a traffic stop. Kirk and his passenger, 18-year-old David Zeigler, were then taken into custody. NCPD authorities say Zeigler is also charged with armed robbery.
Charleston police say Kirk is accused in a Sunday afternoon armed robbery at Russell's Exxon on 2209 Savannah Highway. A police report states a man armed with a gun entered the business and demanded money from the clerk, with a second suspect standing by the door during the armed robbery.
CPD investigators say a 16-year-old juvenile was also charged in connection to the gas station armed robbery.
Kirk is also accused of an armed robbery at a Kangaroo gas station in North Charleston on Monday. Shortly after 10 a.m., North Charleston police officers responded to the gas station on 5154 N. Rhett Ave. in reference to a robbery. The clerk said that two men with shirts wrapped around their head entered the store.
As one of the suspects held the door open, the other suspect told the victim,"Give me all of the (expletive) money!"
The victim also reported that the suspect was making gestures in his pockets, suggesting he had some type of weapon. Once the suspect was given money, both suspects fled the scene.
Investigators with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office say they believe Kirk is also responsible for an armed robbery at another Kangaroo gas station on James Island that happened Monday afternoon. CCSO authorities say this robbery happened at the gas station at Camp and Folly roads at 12 p.m.
Authorities say there were two suspects involved, and there were no injuries.