Two men armed with handguns pistol-whipped the manager of a Beaufort grocery store and stole cash, lottery tickets and the assistant manager's SUV Monday morning.
The men entered the Food Lion at 350 Shanklin Road at about 7:10 a.m. and went to the office where the manager was working, according to a release from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. The men pistol-whipped her and demanded she open the safe, which she did. They took an undisclosed amount of cash and lottery tickets.
The robbers then herded the remaining employees and store customers into the office with the manager, the release said. They took the assistant manager's car keys and stole a black 1996 Ford Explorer.
The store manager was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital and treated for moderate facial injuries before being released, according to the Sheriff's Office. The Explorer was found in the parking lot of Burton Wells Park.
The robbers were described as two black men between 20 and 30 years old. One was about 6 feet 4 inches tall and 250 pounds, wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. His face was covered by a black bandana with white lettering. The other was about 6 feet tall and 160 pounds, wearing all black; his face was covered by a black ski mask that had a spider web design.
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