Beech Island store robbed again

Surveillance footage of today's armed robbery of the Manis Mart.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 10:04 AM
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AIKEN -- Two of three juveniles wanted in a Saturday armed robbery of a Beech Island convenience store are believed to have hit the same location again this morning, according to police.

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The Manis Mart in Beech Island was robbed Wednesday morning. The Aiken County Sheriff's department investigated the scene.  Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
The Manis Mart in Beech Island was robbed Wednesday morning. The Aiken County Sheriff's department investigated the scene.

The case has authorities considering whether there's a gang connection, and it's even prompted a nickname for the youngsters by Aiken County sheriff's Capt. Troy Elwell -- “the munchkin gang.”

“We see juvenile crime all the time, but not to this extent,” Capt. Elwell said. “This is something new for us.”

Capt. Elwell said that today two juveniles, believed to be as young as 15, entered the Manis Mart on Sand Bar Ferry Road at 9:17 a.m. with someone described as a young adult with a deeper voice.

Capt. Elwell said that one of the robbers had a handgun and another had a shotgun. He said they fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and are believed to have gotten into a getaway car about a quarter mile from the store.

Saturday's robbery, Capt. Elwell said, “had a very small kid in it, 10 to 12 is the way we've described him. That individual was not involved in this one (today).”

The same location was also robbed in March, but that case was believed to be connected to other suspects.

Capt. Elwell said authorities are looking into whether this is gang-related, especially today's incident being that a young adult was involved. He said police will investigate whether it could be a gang initiation or whether the youngsters are working for a gang that might think children won't do hard time if caught.

In the first robbery, an incident report stated that $6,500 was taken.

“You can be assured that the community that these individuals are from, that the word on the street is out on how much money they are taking from this store,” he said. “So that's possibly another reason they're going to the same location over and over.”

Jeff Lenard , a spokesman for the National Association of Convenience Stores, said convenience stores can help their safety by keeping money out of sight and well protected. He said that can mean either making extra bank deposits through the day or having a drop safe that has a timed release and can't be opened easily or quickly for a robber.

“The idea is to make your store where the money isn't,” he said.

Mr. Lenard also said store owners should make sure to keep windows clear of signs or other obstructions, making it easier for the public to see inside if a robbery is occurring, which could deter the crime.

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justsaying
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justsaying 05/20/09 - 10:33 am
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can you say Sting

can you say Sting operation?...put someone behind that counter that will shoot the punks...

dellao
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dellao 05/20/09 - 12:27 pm
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I believe this is someone,

I believe this is someone, who is pretty mad with Paul and all 3 robberies are connected. Maybe Paul fired him. If I were Paul, I would put a bullet proof window up over the counter and use a drawer for items and money to go out of. Other stores lock their doors at a certain time and use these drawers. Put a security guard on duty to watch to catch these stupid guys. The cashier on nights is my family and she has 3 small kids to take care of. If this was my store, I WOULD put this bullet proof window up. I have other ideas also, since I use to be a manager in a store of sorts.

chey
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chey 05/20/09 - 01:08 pm
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15 or 16 year olds... who was

15 or 16 year olds... who was missing from school this morning? (if they even attend school)

mad_max
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mad_max 05/20/09 - 01:11 pm
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Shoot them. Hopefully the

Shoot them. Hopefully the little one will come back with them so you can pop him too. At 3 x 25 (avg crimes) you can save the taxpayers 75 trials + cost of incarceration and probably some innocent lives. All for the cost of three 9mm shells and one stakeout. That is called ROI. That is the same kind of formula Obama will be using to determine what kind of healthcare you can have so I'm sure nobody will object to this cost saving initiative.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 05/20/09 - 03:25 pm
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Stores need to start packing,

Stores need to start packing, this may be a game to those guys, but the minute they shoot someone and TRAGEDY strikes or they get caught, I bet you the family is going to say: They are good boys, he's never done nothing like this, he goes to church every sunday, sing on the youth choir, GET REAL. I say for every store that has not been hit ARM YOURSELF, and shoot them if you have a shot WHO CARES if they 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17 years old. If they BIG ENOUGH to rob someone at gun point at these ages, they BIG ENOUGH to get SHOT DEAD. I'm sorry but I have been robbed at gun point and I thank God nothing happen to me, my co-workers and the people in the grocery store. Oh they both got 25 years. This angers me, let me go pray.

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen 05/20/09 - 04:09 pm
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Please this is not a racially

Please this is not a racially motivated comment. Let me point out, I am black, and I think we as black people need to do better. This is sickening. If I can grow up poor and beat the odds, why can’t the next person? I turned out pretty well. I am educated without a criminal record. It saddens me when I see some of the comments that are posted because some are distasteful and can be worded a lot differently, but some of them are true. Crime occurs everywhere by every race but I get tired of seeing my race as the primary offenders. When will we see this gets us no where? This post is intended with the utmost respect and I hope that someone can pass it on to someone and hopefully we can see a change.

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen 05/20/09 - 04:10 pm
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I apologize if anyone is

I apologize if anyone is offended by my above comment.

colcamp1
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colcamp1 05/20/09 - 04:19 pm
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I am very offended by your

I am very offended by your comments. In one breath you say " Please this is not a racially motivated comment". Then in the next you go on to talk about black this, my race that. You could have left race out and still made your point. Bottom line is that someone knows who these little punks are and should turn them in before they, or someone is killed.

Ode
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Ode 05/20/09 - 04:51 pm
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Well ConcernedCitizen I am

Well ConcernedCitizen I am glad you have succeeded and hope you are out there being a good role model. However the statistics about which race commits these types of crime and the skewed prison population do indeed point to your race as the primary offenders when compared to their makeup of the entire American population. Now to the issue at hand. The owner of this convenience store is in on these robberies for insurance purposes or else he is a bumbling idiot. Put up bulletproof glass at the counter and/or put a high caliber automatic firearm directly underneath the countertop and replace the counter wall on the customer side with a thin compressed board and pull the trigger. The thugs won't have their legs attached to run out of store with anything.

Margot
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Margot 05/20/09 - 05:01 pm
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Oh PLEASE, Concerned Citizen,

Oh PLEASE, Concerned Citizen, don't apologize! The comments seen on here are just ignorant. You can't do much with ignorance. Maybe move out of the south, that's about all you can do.

DontTazeMeBro
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DontTazeMeBro 05/20/09 - 05:11 pm
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well whaddaya expect when you

well whaddaya expect when you advertise how much cash was stolded out da draw last time?????

happythoughts
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happythoughts 05/20/09 - 05:40 pm
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You know stores don't give

You know stores don't give away money. where's the d--- mother's of these rotten no good for nothing pieces of s---. she's just as much to blame for raising sorry burdens. she should go to jail too, it only took her around 15 years of neglect to create these problems for us.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 05/20/09 - 07:13 pm
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I was at a gas station the

I was at a gas station the other night and the woman told me she is in there all night without the door locked and isn't allowed to pack a gun, license or not. If I worked in a store like that I'd carry regardless. Think of it: your boss isn't going to pat you down when you take shift, and won't know you are packing (concealed carry) if you do have to smoke a midget thug punk the worst that can happen is you'll still be alive, but you may lose your McJob for breaking company policy. Big Deal!

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 05/20/09 - 11:54 pm
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Violent Thug Criminals need

Violent Thug Criminals need to be PERMANTLY removed from our society by any means necessary.

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