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Lexington Police Department issues warrants for Columbia teen in CVS robbery

Lexington, SC – Chief Terrence Green is asking the public for assistance in finding Shemar Khalee Payne, age 18 of Columbia, South Carolina. He has now been identified as the suspect of an armed robbery that occurred in the early morning of Thursday, May 2, 2019.

At approximately 2:56 a.m., officers were dispatched to the CVS Pharmacy, which is located at 5608 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington, for an armed robbery that had just occurred. When officers arrived, they spoke to witnesses who stated that a black male, who was identified through the course of the investigation as Shemar Payne, entered the store and presented a handgun along with a note demanding a list of prescription medications to be given to him. During the incident, he stole several of the store employee’s mobile phones before fleeing the scene with multiple prescription medications in a white KIA Optima that was being driven by an unknown accomplice.

Officers found the victims’ mobile phones had been discarded nearby the scene and the white KIA Optima was found a short time later in in the City of Columbia. The vehicle had been stolen prior to being used in this incident.

The Lexington Police Department has five outstanding warrants for Shemar Payne which charges include Armed Robbery, Unlawful Carry of a Handgun, Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime and two counts of Kidnapping.

Shemar Payne should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone who knows of his whereabouts or has information regarding the unknown accomplice in this case, is asked to contact Detective Johnson at 803-358-1557.

Those with information can also contact Midlands Crimestoppers in the following ways:

PHONE TIP — Call the toll free number at 1-888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).

WEB TIP — Go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click “Submit a Tip”.

MOBILE TIP — Download the new P3 Tips app on your Apple or Android Device.

You can provide information anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers. Your tip could earn you a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for this crime.

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