Armed robbers terrorize couple at Berkeley Co. convenience store

Armed robbers terrorize couple at Berkeley Co. convenience store
Published: Oct. 20, 2014 at 6:55 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM EDT
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators are looking for three men who terrorized a couple at a Berkeley County convenience store.

On Monday, officials with the St. Stephen Police Department released surveillance video taken on the night of Sept. 23 of three men breaking into Palmetto Food on 3915 Byrnes Dr., assaulting a store employee and firing a gunshot into the ceiling.

The video shows two of the suspects pointing guns at two employees in the store at various times during the incident.

The victim said it all started when he was in a cooler and heard his wife screaming. One of the suspects then came into the cooler and told the victim to go to the register.

The victim told investigators when he got to the front of the store he saw two other suspects, one by the door and the other behind the register.

Police say when the victim opened the register, one of the suspects hit the victim on the top of his head with the bottom of the gun and demanded he open the safe.

The victim then opened the safe and gave money to the suspect.

According to the victim, one of the other suspects ripped the camera system down causing a monitor to break. The suspect then went into a back room and broke a monitoring system.

The victim said the suspect who was standing next to the door then turned the lights off and shot a round in the air.

Two of the suspects then stuffed money into a plastic bag, and the three suspects took off on foot. The victim said the men took cash, nearly $1000 worth of lottery tickets and merchandise worth $500.

In addition, authorities say the victim's wife's social security card, and a copy of his green card were taken.

If you have any information you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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