Monday, October 14, 2013
Georgetown police say they have one suspect in custody who allegedly helped rob two businesses in the city Sunday.
Police Capt. Nelson Brown says 23-year-old Josh Lamar Green of Old Collins Creek Road in McClellanville was arrested at his home Monday morning with the help of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office Swat Team.
Brown said the Scotchman located at 320 North Hazard Street and the Dollar General located at 1936 South Fraser Street in Maryville were both robbed in less than ten minutes.
The Scotchman robbery occurred at 9:45 PM and the Dollar General at 9:54 PM.
A female Scotchman clerk said she was at the back of the store cleaning the coffee area when the two men walked in and presented a semi automatic handgun and told her to get them the money from the cash register, according to an incident report.
The woman walked over to the register and handed them an undetermined amount of money consisting of mainly $1 and $5 bills.
They then told her to open the safe. When she told them she did not have access to the safe, they ran out of the store towards Piggly Wiggly.
Officers were just getting the investigation into the robbery started when they were notified of the robbery at the Maryville Dollar General.
There were two females working in the store at the time. One was working the cash register. She told police she saw a silver Toyota Camry drive up but about 30 seconds later, the driver backed up and left the parking lot. About two minutes later, two men — fitting the description of the Scotchman robbery – walked in the store.
When the worker who had been in the back of the store saw the men had a gun, she ran to an office and called 911.
The cashier said the men demanded money and had the gun pointed in her direction. She took the drawer out of the register and placed it on the counter. One of the men told her to take the cash out the drawer. She said she could not do that but he could take it out if he wanted it.
The woman said she could hear one of the suspects messing with the gun. She said it sounded like he was loading it.
After grabbing some cash, the men ran out the door.
One of the women said they recognized the car and told police it belongs to Green or his family. She said when the men walked in the store Green did not have his face covered but quickly covered it when he saw her.
The second suspect has not been identified.
The investigation continues and the Georgetown Police Department is asking anyone with information about these cases to please call the Department at 843-545-4300 and ask for Sgt. Jason Ward or call the Tip line at 843-545-4400.
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