Police searching for suspect after two West Ashley gas stations robbed

Police are searching for a suspect after two West Ashley gas stations were robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday.

Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said it is believed the robberies may be related. The first was reported to have occurred just after 3:40 a.m. at Kangaroo Express, 1805 Savannah Highway, and the second took place just before 4 a.m. at the Kangaroo Express at 1141 Old Towne Road, according to a police report. In both cases, a black male allegedly walked into the gas stations, pointed a firearm at an employee and demanded money from the registers before retrieving it himself.

In the first robbery, the suspect also stole cigarettes, according to the victim. He also demanded for her to open a safe, but she did not have access to it, the report states.

In the second robbery, the suspect was reported to be wearing a black hoodie, black pants and a black face mask, according to the report. After retrieving all the money from the two cash registers at the business, he allegedly ordered the victim to go into the cooler and not to come out, the report states.

The amount of money the suspect made off with was undisclosed in both cases. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the two robberies can call Crimes Stoppers at 554-1111 or Charleston County dispatch at 743-7200 and ask for the on-call Charleston Police Department detective.

Reach Melissa Boughton at 937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughtonPC.