Robbery task force offering $20K reward

The FBI and SLED are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of these suspects in more than two dozen robberies of Chinese restaurants.

The FBI has put up a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a string of armed robberies of Asian restaurants in the Lowcountry, officials said today.

A task force recently formed by the State Law Enforcement Division has distributed surveillance camera photos of two suspects in a string of at least 25 robberies of Asian restaurants that have taken place in the Lowcountry since April, said SLED public information officer Jennifer Timmons.

The armed suspects typically enter the restaurants wearing items such as gloves, masks, hoodies, and dark clothing to conceal their identities, Timmons said.

The joint enforcement team is comprised of the FBI, sheriff's offices in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester and Orangeburg counties, and the Charleston, Folly Beach, Goose Creek, Holly Hill, Summerville and Walterboro police departments.

The task force has a toll-free number for tipsters: 1-866-472-8477.

Callers can remain anonymous.

Or tips can be sent by e-mail to asianrestaurantrobberies@sled.sc.gov.

Check back with postandcourier.com for more details as they become available.