Arrests made related to Facebook Marketplace armed robbery

From staff reports 

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office made arrests related an armed robbery earlier this month in Burton, according to a release. 

Around 2 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 4, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery. 

When deputies from the Northern Enforcement Branch’s Patrol Team A arrived on scene, the victim reported that she used Facebook Marketplace to try to sell a phone. 

She advised that, at an agreed upon location on Roseida Road Ext., she met with a male subject to sell him the phone. The victim advised that, while she and the subject were talking, another subject approached, pointed a gun at her, took the phone and ran off. 

The victim advised that, immediately following the robbery, she saw several subjects run away. 

Deputies requested that the Sheriff’s Office Bloodhound Team respond to the scene to assist in the search for the subjects. A short time later, the bloodhounds arrived and led the deputies to a residence on Register Road, where they located a 17-year-old male subject. 

According to the Sheriff’s Office, in the investigation that ensued, the subject was identified as the person who met with the victim to purchase the phone. Believing two more subjects were hiding in that same residence, deputies obtained a warrant to enter and search for them. 

Once the search warrant obtained, the Sheriff’s Office SWAT members made entry and located two juvenile male subjects, who were also identified as being involved in the robbery. 

Recovered inside the residence were the victim’s phone and the assault-style rifle used in the robbery. 

A check on the rifle’s serial number revealed that it had been reported stolen. 

The 17-year-old male subject was charged as an adult with armed robbery and was taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center and incarcerated. The two male juveniles were detained on charges of armed robbery and taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Columbia. 

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