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Sketch of suspect in armed robbery on Hilton Head Island released

A sketch of a man who robbed the Hilton Head Shirt Co. at gunpoint at about 7:30 p.m. Monday was released today by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

An employee called deputies after the suspect made off with $1,145, according to an incident report. She said the man approached her at the counter of the store on William Hilton Parkway and demanded money from the register, a news release said. After she emptied the register, he took her to the back of the store and demanded money from the safe. He threatened to shoot her, then directed her to leave the store through a back door. After waiting outside, she went back in and saw he had fled, the release said.

The employee was not harmed, and no customer or other employees were in the business during the armed robbery.The suspect is described as a heavy-set black male between 25 and 30 years old, about 5-foot-9, 245 pounds, wearing dark jeans, a red and white shirt and a purple hat.

Anyone with information can contact Cpl. J. Moran at 843-255-3422 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.

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