Sumter police seek help in identifying armed robbery suspect

Female suspect allegedly attempted to rob two convenience stores Sunday night

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Sumter Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a woman who could be connected to two convenience store armed robberies in the western part of the city on Sunday night.

The incidents happened between 9 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. at the Young’s convenience store on Camden Highway and then the Circle K on Broad Street.

In both reported cases, according to a news release from Sumter police Public Information Officer Tonyia McGirt, a woman walked inside the stores, went to the restroom areas and later approached the clerks, telling them she was armed and intended to rob the store.

No money nor goods were reported stolen during the first incident at Young's, but an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from Circle K before the suspect left the store. She was then seen getting into a parked vehicle — a tan or light brown four-door car with a gray or silver hood — with two men and leaving.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned black woman in her 20s or 30s, about 5 feet tall and approximately 130 pounds. She was wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans and white flip flops.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

A cash reward could be available for information that leads to an arrest.

Tips can also be submitted electronically to Crime Stoppers by going to www.P3tips.com and selecting the “Submit a New Tip” tab or by downloading the P3 Tips app for Apple and Android devices.