Armed robbery in Colleton County prompts lock down of Berkeley County school

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BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Multiple agencies are searching for suspects in Pineville following armed robbery in Walterboro, Thursday morning.

The incident took place at approximately 4:45 a.m. on January 18.

According to the victims, two males entered the restaurant wearing mask and gloves, holding firearms, and demanded money from employees.

Once the suspects retrieved money, they fled on foot, according to Walterboro Police spokeswoman Corporal Amye Stivender.

As officers were patrolling the area for the suspects, a concerned citizen stopped an officer and said that he saw two males, one in a dark hoodie and one in camouflage hoodie, exit the wood line and got into a dark color newer body style Chevrolet Camaro.

“This matched the description of the suspects from the armed robbery and the vehicle information was sent to surrounding agencies,” Stivender added.

Later, the Santee Police Department saw a vehicle matching the description and attempted a traffic stop.

We’re told the driver fled from officers and a pursuit took place.

The car was wrecked in Berkeley County and the suspects fled on foot.

Walterboro Police Department responded and officers are still actively searching for the suspects.

Because of the police activity, J K Gourdin Elementary School is on lock down. “This is a precautionary measure taken to ensure student safety while law enforcement conducts a search for a suspect in the area,” according to Berkeley County School District spokeswoman Katie Orvin Tanner.

According to witnesses, several law enforcement agencies were seen combing the area for clues. A helicopter was seen in the vicinity of the area, as well.

Berkeley County authorities tell us that they are assisting both Orangeburg and Colleton Counties.Keep checking counton2.com for real-time updates on this story. To get breaking news alerts, download the free News 2 App for iPhone or Android. You can also sign up for email alerts.

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