Robber fires round during North Charleston holdup; may be linked to other crimes

North Charleston Police released this still image from surveillance video of a robbery Thursday, July 12, at the Circle K store at 3855 West Montague Ave.

An impatient robber fired a bullet into the wall of a North Charleston convenience store early this morning before running out of the business empty-handed, police said.

Investigators suspect the same man is responsible for at least three other holdups in the area since June, including one in which a clerk was shot.

Thursday’s incident occurred around 4 a.m. at the Circle K store at 3855 West Montague Ave. Police said the crime played out this way:

A tall black man with a mask over his face walked into the store carrying a blue duffle bag and pointed a pistol at the clerk. “Put everything in the bag,” he told her.

The robber, who wore camouflage gloves, grew angry with the clerk and shot a round into the wall behind her. He then tossed the duffle bag at her, walked around the counter and threw Newport cigarettes on the floor.

He retrieved his bag and took off running toward Interstate 526.

The robber was described as having light black skin. He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and very thin. He wore a light-colored, button-up, long-sleeve shirt with denim jeans and black shoes. At one point, he removed his mask and revealed sideburns that come down past his ears. He appeared to wear his hair in short dreadlocks or braids.

Investigators think the same man might have robbed Circle K, 8410 Dorchester Road, on July 1; A-1 Food Store, 4327 Spruill Ave., on June 15; and a Kangaroo store at 3689 Dorchester Road on June 6. In the robbery at the A-1 store, a clerk was shot in the leg, police said.

Anyone with information on the suspect can call North Charleston police at 554-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.