Police still looking for 4 suspects after robbery at Tanger Outlets in Conway that led to CCU shelter in place

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CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) – Police are still looking for four suspects after a robbery late Monday afternoon that prompted a shelter-in-place order at Coastal Carolina University.

According to a police report from the Horry County Police Department that was obtained by News13, two minors were taken into custody and four other males got away in a stolen vehicle after the robbery at the Tanger Outlets on Highway 501.

The report said a victim told police that two males approached him outside the Tanger Outlets as he was returning to his car after shopping with his family. The suspects allegedly pulled handguns on him and took bags out of his trunk before getting into a vehicle driven by someone else and fleeing.

Police have not identified any of the suspects, However, the victim said one was wearing black pants and a reddish-colored hoodie and the other had on black pants, a black hoodie and a blue face mask

After the robbery, the report said a Horry County officer spotted a white Toyota Rav4 with South Carolina license plates on Highway 501 near W.M. Finlayson Drive that was reported to have been occupied by multiple males, who were considered armed and dangerous. The officer checked the vehicle’s license plate and determined that it had been stolen.

While the officer followed the vehicle and waited for backup, the report said the vehicle turned onto Carolina Road before making a right turn onto Youpon Drive. When the officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, the report said the vehicle turned into the Carolina Pines Apartment and continued to flee.

After reaching the rear of the apartments, the report said the occupants of the car began to get out and run away. The two juveniles were taken into custody after getting out and falling to the ground as the vehicle rolled into a ditch, the report said. Police said one of them had a gun, which was found nearby.

While searching the vehicle, police also recovered a black knit ski mask that one of the suspects had in the front of his pants.

Both juveniles were taken to the M.L. Brown Public Safety Building in Conway and later transported to the Juvenile Justice Department.

The incident remains under investigation. Count on News13 for updates to this developing story.

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