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Beaufort County hit with rash of armed robberies

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Two suspects caught on surveillance before the Kay Jewelers Outlet Store armed robbery in Bluffton. Two suspects caught on surveillance before the Kay Jewelers Outlet Store armed robbery in Bluffton.
BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Three armed robberies occurred in three days in Beaufort County, and none of them appear to be connected.

All three robberies happened within the Bluffton, Beaufort and Burton communities from May 7-9, bringing the total to at least seven active armed robbery investigations since last month.

Law enforcement needs the public's help to solve these crimes.

The Kay Jewelers Outlet Store in Bluffton is one of the three most recent locations of an armed robbery in Beaufort County. In each place, the suspects all seemed to have a different way of how they robbed the stores.

"it doesn't appear that any of these are related to one another," said Beaufort County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Robin McIntosh. "Of course it's alarming when we have this many incidents of gun violence in such a short period of time."

Kay Jewelers store management declined to speak, but a security guard now stands posted inside the store.

On May 7, around 2:30 p.m., BCSO deputies said they found three of the store's employees bound with duct tape when they arrived on scene.

Surveillance video captured two suspects. Deputies said one of them held the employees at gunpoint, forcing one of them to empty out the jewelry.

The suspects then fled the area, taking the store manager's 2012 Chevrolet Cruze. That vehicle is still missing.

"We're still on the lookout," said McIntosh. "We still encourage folks if they see this vehicle not to approach it themselves as occupants could very well be harmed."

A few hours after the Kay Jewelers robbery, Beaufort Police responded to the second armed robbery at the Kangaroo Express gas station located on Robert Smalls Parkway.

Very little information is known about what actually happened during this robbery, but police believe the suspect frequently walks on foot near Broad River Boulevard.

Two days later, on May 9, deputies arrived at the China Wok restaurant where they said an unidentified black male came in the store through the rear door with a handgun and demanded money.

Although the sign said 24-hour surveillance, there was none that captured the robbery, but authorities said they store has been robbed several times in the past.

"This does appear to be a popular spot for this type of incident to occur," said McIntosh.

 Fortunately, none of the armed robberies resulted in any serious injuries, but the victims are hoping justice will be served against those who committed them.

If anyone has information on these armed robberies, please contact law enforcement or Crimestoppers.

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