TEGA CAY — A man with a “dirty hand towel” over his face who displayed a gun to a store clerk Friday night and stole cash and four iPhones from a Tega Cay Radio Shack dropped two of the phones in the parking lot as he fled from the store, police say.
At about 8 p.m., officers were called to the electronics store on Stonecrest Boulevard after receiving word of an armed robbery, according to a Tega Cay police report. Police spoke with two store clerks who told police they were ready to close the store when a man walked in and began looking around the business.
He wore a white towel over his face, but the clerks did not question him about it because they thought he might be sick, said Tega Cay Police Major David Nelson. Employees told detectives that the suspect was coughing into the towel, and then apologizing.
The man ordered one of the employees to give him all the cash in the store, the report states. The suspect did not pull out a gun, but the employee was able to see part of it from the man’s jacket. The employee gave the robber $393 from the cash register. The suspect then told the employee to give him four of the store’s iPhones, collectively worth $1,600, and his personal cell phone, worth $700. The suspect then took a second employee’s cell $600 cell phone, the report states.
The robber ran from the store, but dropped two of the stolen iPhones in the parking lot, the report states. Police arrived and watched video of the suspect, described as a black man with collar-length cornrows wearing a black winter hat, brown jacket and blue jeans. A York County Sheriff’s Office K9 team was unable to track the suspect’s scent.
Police are still investigating.