Orangeburg teen charged in convenience store robbery

A Sumter teen believed to have robbed an Orangeburg County convenience store in 2015 was brought to Orangeburg for a bond hearing Wednesday.

Bond was denied on 19-year-old Herbert Benjamin, 19, who has been formally charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime in connection with the Nov. 24 robbery of a convenience store on Bamberg Highway.

The Rye Street man was taken into custody the following day in St. George where authorities located a man in a hotel room there.

Benjamin had been sought by multiple agencies, including Sumter and Colleton County authorities, for robberies in their jurisdictions.

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said an investigation by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office determined that Benjamin was the gunman who entered the Horizon convenience store armed with a handgun. Security video shows that around 12:40 a.m. a man pulled out a handgun on a store clerk. The clerks said he was then ordered to turn over the cash in the register. The gunman made off with a small amount of cash in the Orangeburg County robbery.

Inv. John Stokes is leading the investigation.

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