NEWBERRY — The City of Newberry Police Department needs your help finding a suspect that entered the Verizon Wireless store on Heritage Drive on New Year’s Eve, armed with a handgun.
The suspect is described as follows: black male; dressed in black jogging type pants with a white logo on left thigh area, black hoodie with the same type logo on the left chest area and white sneakers red and black designs. The suspect covers his face with what appears to be a white and black bandanna, department officials said.
“We are asking the community for help in identifying him and if anyone saw anything that might help please contact us,” said Chief Roy McClurkin.
Please Contact Captain Kevin Goodman with any information at: firstname.lastname@example.org or cell phone number 803-924-6635.
According to a store employee, on Sunday, Dec. 31, the suspect walked in through an unlocked door behind the building around 6:10 p.m., pointed a hand gun at her and demanded money and the location of the cell phones.
The employee said that the suspect held her at gun point and made her walk through the store from room to room, while demanding the cell phones.
Reports state the suspect then took the employee to a room in the back of the store and put flex cuffs around her wrists. He told her to open the right side of the vault. However, she was not able because of a ten minute delay that occurs once the first door of the vault has been opened.
He then ordered her to stay on her knees and he began roaming the store for several minutes before leaving out the back door of the building.
The employee was able to go to the store’s break room and get her cell phone to call the police. The suspect returned and tried to open the right door of the vault, but was unsuccessful.
He then ran away.
The suspect stole two deposit bags counting $1,307.87 and $3,175.95 and $206.74 from the register.
Also stolen from the vault were two iPad 32 GB Space Gray, iPhone SE 32GB silver prepaid, iPhone 8 Plus Space Gray 64 GB, iPhone 8 Plus silver 64 GB, iPhone 8 Plus Gray 64 GB, two iPhone X Space Gray 256 GB, Pixel 2XL Black and White 64 GB, two LG G6 Black, two Samsung G950 Galaxy s8 Black, two Samsung G950 Galaxy S8 Silver, Samsung G950 Galaxy Orchid, three Samsung G955 Galaxy S8 Plus Silver, three Samsung G955 Galaxy S8 Plus Orchid, two Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Black and one Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Gray.
The value of all the technology stolen was $18,528.99.
Reach Andrew Wigger at 803-276-0625 ext. 1867 or on Twitter @ TheNBOnews.