Deputies link at least 6 Dollar General robberies, charge 4 suspects

Law enforcement officials say they have linked a group of people to a string of Dollar General robberies across the Lowcountry -- and arrested four of them.

Investigators were able to connect at least four armed robberies in Charleston County and two in Berkeley County to the group, but police say they could be responsible for several more crimes.

Deputies say the crimes happened in rural areas -- Awendaw, McClellanville, Red Top, Ravenel, St. Stephen, and Holly Hill -- and it made escaping easy.

According to Charleston County Sheriff's officials, a joint investigation with multiple departments is targeting suspects of four different robberies over the past three months.

Last week, investigators did not think the crimes were connected, but that all changed after a high-speed chase near Columbia that ended with shots fired between the suspect and state Troopers.

Officials were able to arrest three suspects that night. One was able to escape. A fourth person was charged with accessory after the fact and obstruction of justice.

Berkeley County deputies say they learned while interviewing the suspects that they were also connected to the robberies in the Lowcountry.

"I don't know exactly how many they're going to be linked to. I know that, gosh, since Decemeber there have been 16 in the tri-county area. I dont know if they'll be linked to all of them but I know that we've linked them to a majority,"

Maj. David Brabham with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said.

Brabham says they spent a lot of money and manpower over the last two months investigating the robberies, even sending narcotics teams to monitor Dollar General stores in other parts of the county.

Deputies are happy they were able to make arrests before the crimes escalated.

There are still other dollar store robberies being investigated that aren't on their list as connected to the ones listed above.

If anyone knows anything about this or any other crime, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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