Armed robbery suspect arrested after returning to store he tried to rob

Berkeley County News
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BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Authorities in Berkeley County arrested a man who they say tried to rob two nearby businesses just days apart… then returned to one of the stores a day later.

On Sunday, deputies were dispatched to the Dollar General on S. Live Oak Drive in reference to an armed robbery.

According to BCSO spokeswoman, Carli Drayton, deputies made contact with the clerk and store manager who stated a man approached the register and handed over a note that said he wanted all of the money out of the register and that he had a gun.

She said the suspect also verbally told the clerk he had a gun.

The clerk handed the suspect $50, $20, and $10 bills from the register and the suspect ran out of the store with the cash and a 22 oz. can of beer.

While reviewing surveillance video, Drayton said deputies were able to determine the suspect was previously at the Cricket Express just down the road.

The clerk there described a man that matched the suspect’s description and told deputies that he was seen in their store and had asked the clerk for a piece of paper and pen, then appeared to be writing a note on the paper.

Drayton said it was the same note used in the robbery at the Dollar General.

On Monday, deputies were called back out to the Cricket Express because an employee told them they had some information; the same man believed to be in the store before the armed robbery at the Dollar General was had returned to the Cricket Express.

Deputies responded to the location and apprehended 42-year-old Lamont Cobin, who is being charged with armed robbery.

Cobin is no stranger to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center. Drayton said Cobin has been arrested twelve times since 2008. His charges include malicious injuries to animals, disorderly conduct, illegal use of the telephone, contempt of court, child support, DUI, possession of marijuana and open container charges.

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