BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — The United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested two men accused of plotting to commit a robbery.
Malik Shavar Bennett, 20, and Ikeem Devante Anthony Powell, 22, both of Beaufort County, are charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
Both suspects were taken into custody in Beaufort County without incident. They are currently being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center where they will later be transported to Charleston County to face formal charges.
On January 15th during a special operation to identify suspects involved , a traffic stop was conducted by the Charleston county Sheriff’s Office. Deputies conducted a search of a blue Chrysler Sebring occupied by three men, two of which identified as Bennett and Powell were seen circling the area of the Dollar General store located at 2346 Ashley Road. According to Sheriff’s detectives that vehicle was seen three times in the area of that Dollar General within an 8-minute time span.
During the traffic stop white gloves and a black knit hat were seen in plain view, based on the fact that several recent Dollar General robberies were completed by a combination of three black males wearing white gloves and black masks the vehicle was secured and a search warrant was issued.
During the search of the car a stolen Beretta 40 caliber pistol was recovered along with several knit caps with hols cut out to be fashioned into a mask similar to the ones used in several of the armed robberies in the area.
At this point, authorities say, there are no indications that these suspects are connected to the suspects who are being held at the Richland County Detention Center for the Dollar General robberies that took place in Charleston County.