Food Lion worker pistol whipped, car stolen during armed robbery

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - Two armed robbery suspects remain at large after a violent armed robbery Saturday morning at a Food Lion in Beaufort.

Just after 7 a.m. Saturday, deputies responded to Food Lion at 350 Shanklin Rd. on a report of an armed robbery and assault.

Five store employees and three customers who told deputies that the store had been robbed by two black males who were armed with handguns.

At about 7:10 a.m., the men went into the store to the office where the store manager was working. They tried to get into to the office and pistol-whipped the manager and demanded access to the safe, according to the sheriff's office.

The manager complied, and the robbers took lottery tickets and an undisclosed amount of cash and left the office.

The suspects forced the other store employees and customers into the office with the manager. Then they took the keys to the assistant store manager's black 1996 Ford Explorer and fled the store, according to the sheriff's office.

The SUV was recovered a short time later in the parking lot at Burton Wells Park.

The injured store manager was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released for facial injuries.

The robbery suspects were black males between 20 and 30 years old. One man  was about 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 250 pounds. He was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, and a black bandana with white letters over his face.

The other man was about 6 feet tall and weighed 160 lbs.  He was wearing all black clothing and a black ski mask with a spider web design on it.

Those with information are asked to contact either Investigator Sgt. J. Fraser at 843.255.3416 the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843.524.2777.

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