Goose Creek and North Charleston police have arrested five suspects in two separate robberies of Dollar General stores.
In the Goose Creek case, a store on Alliance Drive near College Park Road was robbed about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday by two men, one of them armed with a rifle.
About 12 hours later, city police, assisted by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, arrested a 16-year-old suspect at a home in the Sangaree subdivision in Summerville, police Capt. John Grainger said in a press release.
St. Elmore Mack of Summerville is charged with armed robbery. Mack was in the custody of the state Department of Juvenile Justice pending a bond hearing, the statement said. He is being charged as an adult.
At 4 p.m. Wednesday, assisted by North Charleston police, a second suspect, an 18-year-old, was arrested at a home on Popperdam Creek Drive in North Charleston.
Timothy Alan Lemon of Long Leaf Drive in Summerville also is charged with armed robbery. He was being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center pending a bond hearing.
A records check with the State Law Enforcement Division shows that Lemon has outstanding warrants from the Summerville Police Department for two weapons charges. Those charges were filed in June. Lemon is on probation after having been convicted of unlawful carrying of a weapon in August. He received a six-month suspended sentence and one year of probation.
Goose Creek detectives were exploring a possible connection to two recent robberies at Ocean Isle restaurant, which is in the same shopping center as the Dollar General store.
In the North Charleston case, a Dollar General store on Northbrook Boulevard was robbed about 9 p.m. Tuesday by two men who entered the store with a handgun and demanded money. The men left with an undetermined amount of cash and got into a vehicle with a third suspect, said Spencer Pryor, public information officer for North Charleston police.
Pryor said officers saw a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car several hours later near Lowell Drive. Three men got out of the vehicle and entered a nearby apartment. Officers talked to the tenant and received his consent to search the apartment, Pryor said.
Inside, officers found the three suspects, a handgun, ammunition and cash, Pryor said.
Investigators charged Marion Nathaniel Mitchell, 21, of Adams Run; Jeremy Jermaine Brown, 23, of Adams Run; and James Phillip Gladden Jr., 23, of Summerville with armed robbery and possession of a handgun during the commission of a violent crime. They were being held in Charleston County jail pending a bond hearing.