York County deputies are becoming frequent visitors to QuikTrip convenience stores in Fort Mill, and it’s not for the 99-cent jalapeño cheddar sausage dogs.
The stores are calling for help with beer thieves, car break-ins and disorderly customers. A few examples:
Last Wednesday morning, deputies were called to the store at 3282 Highway 21 in Fort Mill for wild customer. Suspect Magdalena Zamora had parked her car diagonally, entered the store and asked clerks to call police. She then “walked around the store, slammed the door of the microwave and knocked items off the shelf,” a sheriff’s report says.
“Zamora picked up a yellow floor hazard marker and was swinging it wildly and struck a customer at the counter,” the report says.
A deputy arrived and found the 32-year-old Charlotte woman walking nervously around the store. She said people were “following her and trying to kill her.” She couldn’t tell the officer who was trying to kill her but said it was about drugs. She also confessed to smoking a blunt and “other things.” Zamora was arrested for public disorderly conduct.
On the same day at the same store, a brazen thief walked in around 3:30 a.m. and went straight for the men’s restroom. The female clerk recognized the man from a larceny that occurred the previous night. So the clerk activated a security button she carries and then went behind the counter to grab her cell phone and call 911.
“As she went behind the counter, the suspect jumped over the counter and grabbed 35-40 packs of Newport cigarettes, put them in a small trash bag and ran out of the store toward Bojangles,” a report says. The suspect was described as a black male, about 5’8″ tall, average build, bald with salt and pepper facial hair.
On Friday, April 19, at 2:44 a.m., a black female suspect stole two 24-packs of Corona bottled beer from QuikTrip at the same location on Highway 21. A man walking behind her lifted his shirt, displaying a handgun in his waistband. The pair left in a vehicle driven by a third person. The sheriff’s office released this video of the crime along with a plea for help.
If you can identify the suspects, please call CrimeStoppers at 1-877-409-4321.
On the morning of April 23, a QuikTrip customer reported a theft from his vehicle at the store on North Sutton Road in Fort Mill. The local man went inside and left his car unlocked with the keys in a center tray. He returned to find his car keys missing. Video surveillance shows the thief as the driver of a logging truck who went to the restroom and then walked straight to the victim’s car before returning to his truck and leaving.
On April 21, two young teens entered the QuickTrip on Carowinds Boulevard and stole beer. A deputy tracked the teens to a Fort Mill residence using a tag number, and the juvenile confessed to joining his friend in stealing the alcohol.
“Both boys advised that this was the first time that they have ever stolen beer from QT,” a sheriff’s report says.
A parent took both teens to the store to return the beer and apologize, a report says. A store representative agreed not to pursue charges.
On April 21, a QuikTrip employee reported that someone used a rock to shatter the glass on her vehicle in the parking lot of the store on Carowinds Boulevard. The crook took the young woman’s wallet, which included her license and a debit card. Video surveillance shows the suspect as a white male driving a silver Acura.
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