Beaufort police are investigating the armed robbery Wednesday night of a Lady's Island grocery store.
Witnesses said that at about 8:50 p.m., a man wearing a black cloth over his face walked into the Publix on Sea Island Parkway and approached the store's customer service counter, according to a Police Department news release.
The man brandished a small silver handgun and demanded money, the release said.
The employee behind the counter complied, handing over an undisclosed amount of cash, which the gunman stuffed into a plastic bag before running from the store, the release said.
Attempts by officers and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office's canine unit to track the suspect were unsuccessful.
No injuries were reported. It is unclear how many people were inside the store at the time of the robbery, authorities said.
A spokesman for the Lady's Island store referred questions about the crime to a corporate spokesman in Orlando.
Dwaine Stevens, a Publix spokesman, said the company was aware of the robbery and was taking steps to prevent future thefts.
"Unfortunately, crime is a part of the retail landscape," Stevens said in an email. "We have a number of strategies in place that include the training of associates and other methods to deter and minimize crime from our environment."
The robbery was only about a half mile from the Palmetto State Bank on nearby Lady's Island Drive, where an employee of Fripp Island Resort reported being assaulted and robbed Tuesday night by two armed men.
Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy said investigators do not believe the Publix robbery is connected to that crime or any of several other recent armed robberies across the county.
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