Armed robbery in Aiken

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News 12 at 6, February 15, 2008

Aiken, SC --- Debra Jennings waits outside of Check into Cash after her daughter called her in tears. Her daughter was working when the store was robbed Friday afternoon.

"A gentleman came in and held a gun to her head," Debra Jennings said.

Jennings said it was hard to get that phone call but said it could've been worse.

"Thank God I serve a mighty God of protection. I didn't bury my daughter and she's not in the ambulance so I'm grateful, very grateful," Jennings said.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety said the first armed robbery started before noon Friday morning at the First American Cash Advance on the 1900 block of Whiskey Road. Witnesses said there was one sales associate working at the time of the robbery. She said the man came in through the front door, walked around the counter, held a gun to her head, and told her to unlock both cash register drawers. The robber took all the money from both drawers, except a roll of quarters. The worker said the man had her crawl back to the bathroom as he escaped through the back door.

"Bad guys anymore tend to be very mobile. Lot of times they don't do their dirty deeds in their hometown cause everybody knows them so they go to someone else's hometown and that mobility makes is difficult for law enforcement," Captain Wendell Hall said.

Minutes later, a second call to another armed robbery. This time at the Check into Cash at the South Park Shopping Center just down the road. Officers believe the same man is responsible for both crimes.

"Well if they did two, they did the first one and now the second one. People are desperate for money. Who knows what they'll do and what they're capable of," Jennings said.

The suspect is still on the run. They're looking for a black male in his mid 20s, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black boots, and a black scarf over his face. Officers describe the car as a champagne color Honda Accord, late 90s model, occupied by a black and a white male. If you have any information, call the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

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