Police identify suspect in Home Depot robbery

Lawrence R. Shrewsbury

Charleston police are asking the public for help in locating a man accused of using a knife to steal tools from a West Ashley Home Depot store.

About 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, a man entered the Home Depot on Magwood Road, police spokesman Charles Francis said. The man took two tool kits and tried to leave the store. A loss prevention employee tried to stop him, but the robber pulled out a lock-blade knife and swung at the employee several times. The tool kits were recovered.

The robber drove away in a white Honda Civic with SC license plate 144-8EV.

Arrest warrants have been signed charging Lawrence Shrewsbury, 34, with armed robbery, possession of a firearm/knife during the commission of violent crime, and third-degree assault and battery, Francis said.

Shrewsbury is a white male, 6 feet tall, 310 pounds. He has tattoos on his neck, chest, arms and back. His last known address was on Phyllis Street in North Charleston.

Shrewsbury should be considered armed and dangerous, Francis said.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call Charleston police at 577-7434 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.