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BCSO investigates armed robbery outside Bluffton business

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BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Friday evening outside of a business in Bluffton.

Sheriff's deputies responded to First Dental of Bluffton at 168 Bluffton Rd just after 6 p.m. Friday in reference to an armed robbery that had occurred. Upon arrival, deputies met with a 38-year-old female employee of the business who advised that she had been robbed by an unknown male.

According to BCSO, the victim reported that she was walking to her vehicle after closing for the evening when she was approached by a black male. The victim, who walks with the assistance of a cane, advised that the subject offered to help her to her car. Once they reached her vehicle, the male suddenly grabbed her purse. The victim resisted, at which time he brandished a handgun. The victim then released her purse and the suspect fled the scene, running towards Bluffton Rd.

The victim was not harmed during the robbery. However, due to the suspect stealing the victim's purse which contained her keys and phone, the victim was unable to call for help or leave the scene until her husband could arrive, around 20 minutes later.

The suspect is described as a black male between 17-20 years of age wearing heavy, black winter jacket and blue jeans.

The Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information to contact either Investigator Sgt. L. Albertin at 843.255.3413 or Crimestoppers.

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