Cayce armed robbery suspects lead multiple-agencies on high speed chase
Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby) – Bandits who robbed the convenience store at the intersection of Frink Street and Charleston Highway led officers on a pursuit that crossed several jurisdictions. It was only called off after the driver of the fleeing vehicle began driving so dangerously that the continued pursuit outweighed the benefits of making an immediate arrest. According to Assistant Chief Jim Crossland of the Cayce Department of Public Safety, the robbers struck shortly after 10:00 p.m. Saturday night.
As the vehicle with the thieves left the store, they were spotted by a good Samaritan who realized what had occurred and followed the car as they fled. That citizen called Cayce dispatch and gave a turn-by-turn account of the suspects' escape until officers could close in. At that point, the suspect initiated the pursuit with police.
Cayce officers used their radios to vector in on the suspects, but they eventually crossed the Congaree River where Columbia officers joined in. At this point, the driver of the suspect vehicle began driving so dangerously that officers felt like the fleeing suspects would crash and seriously injure or kill someone else if they continued the pursuit. Because of thee dangers, supervisors decided to call the chase off and continue to seek the suspects through investigative means.
Although they have not released any identification to the public, officers do have a good description of the car and other evidence. They will prepare a statement with descriptions and other facts when it’s appropriate to do so.
If you have any information regarding the perpetrators of this robbery, call the Cayce Department of Public safety at (803) 794-0456 or Midland’s CRIME STOPPERS at 1-888-Crime SC.