In the wee hours of the night, twice now this summer, the clerks on the all night shift at Jay’s Tobacco Market on the corner of Front and Second Streets have survived an armed robbery, according to Detective John James of the Cheraw Police Department. Each time, the suspects fired shots into the ceiling while demanding cash and cigarettes and disappeared into the night.
No arrests were made with the mid-July incident, said James, when the robber wore a ski mask and dark clothing. But this time, “with a tip from an informant that panned out,” three men have been arrested and charged with the Aug. 23 armed robbery of Jay’s Tobacco Market.
James said three people entered the store early Friday morning wearing ski masks and dark clothing. They fired three shots from a small calibre handgun into the ceiling and told the clerk to hand over all the money in the cash register.
All three suspects are teenagers. All three are from Cheraw. And all three are currently behind bars at the Chesterfield County Detention Center. Cheraw Municipal Judge J.A. Graves has set each of their bonds at $50,000.
The suspects include Terrence Javon Gillespie, 19, of 9 Stokes St.; Evan James Wingate, 18, of 5 Brasington St.; and Wesley Isaac, 17, of 45 Davis St.
James said the bloodhounds followed a scent from the store to an area in the ACL neighborhood where, most likely, the suspects were picked up and driven away.
As the investigation is ongoing, James would not elaborate on how the suspects were identified; only that they were apprehended shortly after the incident.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, extension 224, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.