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UPDATE: Store robbers fired shots into the ceiling

Surveillance images show Loris IGA robbers


Friday afternoon

     Armed robbers fired two shots into the ceiling of the Loris IGA as they entered the store Thursday night, an Horry County Police Department report says.

     County police responding to the 10 p.m. hold-up were told the robbery was in progress, and the first arriving officers began to set up a perimeter, the report by HCPD Officer Joshua Soles said.

     Robbers had already left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, and a bloodhound tracking team called in lost the scent behind the store in the area of Palmetto Way Apartments.

     LPD Officer William Benko told responding county officers that two black men wearing dark clothing had fled the robbery scene, the report said. Detectives viewing store surveillance video determined that the robbers were white, both wearing dark masks and a hood.

     One of the robbers wore a hooded sweatshirt and his mask exposed only his eyes, the other wore a zip-up style hooded sweatshirt with his nose and eyes exposed, and wore black gloves, the report said. Both wore blue jeans and black-and-white tennis shoes.

     Anyone with information on the robbery should police.

     Updates to this story will be posted here as warranted. Look for the full story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.

Friday morning

     There was gunfire during an armed robbery at the IGA grocery in Loris Thursday night, with no injuries, Loris Police Department Interim Chief Gary Buley said Friday.

     Horry County Police have taken charge of the investigation, Buley said, because the Loris agency does not have a detective.

     Additional details were not immediately available Friday morning.

     Look for updates here as details become available, and the full story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.