Bluffton security guard robbed at gunpoint Wednesday evening at Westbury apartments

astice@islandpacket.comFebruary 16, 2012 

Two masked men robbed an Estates at Westbury security guard at gunpoint as she patrolled the community on foot Wednesday, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

The 20-year-old female Securitas guard was patrolling near the 1500 apartment building on Kensington Boulevard when she was approached by two men wearing white masks and all-black clothing, said Sgt. Robin McIntosh.

The two men pulled out handguns and ordered her to empty her pockets and run away.

The guard dropped her cellphone and an undisclosed amount of cash, then ran to her car and drove to the nearby Cinemark movie theater on Buckwalter Parkway to call police at about 7:45 p.m., according to a Sheriff's Office release.

She told authorities the suspects were tall and muscular but provided few other details about their appearance, the release said.

She was not injured during the robbery, the release said.

Louise Haaker, president of the board of directors of the Bluffton condominium complex's homeowners association, said the board has tried to make the community safer -- it has hired security officers and installed exterior lighting.

The board also intends to install a fence and "No Trespassing" signs around the property, which abuts a wooded area and Simmonsville Road. Haaker believes the robbers were "unwanted visitors," not residents.

"We've been very proactive since the last occurrences in the community," Haaker said. "We just don't have the power to regulate criminals. We can only react by putting in proactive measures and alerting the community to be cautious."

Residents of the Estates at Westbury neighborhood organized a neighborhood watch in November, a month after two people were robbed at gunpoint.

Neighboring Westbury Park became one of the latest neighborhoods affected by a string of unlocked car break-ins when dozens of residents discovered someone had rifled through their cars Wednesday morning.

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  3. Man robbed at gunpoint outside apartment, Oct. 10, 2011
  4. Second Westbury apartment resident robbed at gunpoint, Oct. 13, 2011

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