Monday night holdups show brazen bandit, police say

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South Carolina law enforcement officials are investigating three armed robberies that occurred in a matter of minutes about 10:30 Monday night.

Two occurred in the city of North Augusta and the third was outside the city limits in Aiken County, but all occurred within a five-mile area along U.S. Highway 25, Capt. Troy Elwell of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said.

The same man is suspected in all three robberies. The gun-wielding man held up a Circle K, Kangaroo Express and Four Seasons convenience store.

“You don’t see this very often,” Capt. Elwell said of the brazen nature of a criminal striking so often in such a short time.

Monday night’s incidents are part of a recent spike in armed robberies, he said. Additional law enforcement officers have been assigned to investigate the incidents. The armed robberies aren’t believed to be connected to the downturn in the economy.

“They were thugs before the economy. They will be thugs after the economy,” Capt. Elwell said.

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1trugent
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1trugent 04/07/09 - 10:37 am
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I heard that Capt. Elwell! I

I heard that Capt. Elwell! I guess we could blame a lot of these robberies on the economy if the bandits were using the money to purchase food and pay bills, but we all know the stolen loot is used to buy drugs and liquor. GET A JOB! You already rob us of our tax money every month and as if that isn't enough, you have to go out and rob businesses too. GET A JOB, GET INTO CHURCH AND PULL YOUR OWN WEIGHT!

voluptuously_auburn1
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voluptuously_auburn1 04/07/09 - 11:06 am
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Description of who you are

Description of who you are looking for would be helpful if you're looking for the public's asstistance

merlin
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merlin 04/07/09 - 11:54 am
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I second that v-auburn!

I second that v-auburn!

scott-hudson
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scott-hudson 04/07/09 - 12:08 pm
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He is a black male, 6 foot

He is a black male, 6 foot tall, 180 lbs. wearing black pants, white shoes, brown shirt, blue and white bandana. No get away car described in the BOLO, but he could not have been on foot.

3headedbeast
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3headedbeast 04/07/09 - 03:47 pm
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Capt. Elwell must be a red

Capt. Elwell must be a red neck he used the word "thug" twice in a run on sentence.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 04/07/09 - 04:37 pm
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yeah..rob a store in North

yeah..rob a store in North Augusta and it"s free money!!!! these guys NEVER catch anyone.... they can write a traffic ticket...but God help them if a REAL crime is committed!

userone
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userone 04/07/09 - 08:33 pm
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i never hear about anyone

i never hear about anyone getting caught robbing something in north augusta. They need to beef up the force.

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