Deputies: Suspect used crowbar to rob Waffle House | Crime
Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Swansea man who used a crowbar to rob a local restaurant.
Deputies arrested 22-year-old Reginald Anthony Riley, Jr. on charges of armed robbery and possessing a controlled substance.
According to the report, on Wednesday around 12:43 a.m. Riley entered the Waffle House located on Piney Grove Road near Irmo armed with a weapon that was covered with a white cloth. The weapon later was determined to be a crow bar, according to the report.
Riley then jumped on the seat of the booth that was closest to the restaurant’s cash register, put his hands inside the cash register and stole $163 in cash, Sheriff James Metts said.
Riley ran out of the restaurant.
A witness told detectives that Riley had been seen near a green 1993 Buick Park Avenue sedan, with a white front door on the passenger’s side of the car, which was parked near the Waffle House restaurant.
A short time later, Columbia Police observed the vehicle drive up to a gasoline pump at a Sunoco convenience store at on Piney Grove Road.
Officers detained Riley, who was driving the car, and another man, who was a passenger in the car, the report stated.
A Sheriff’s Department detective determined that Riley was the man who robbed the Waffle House restaurant, Metts said. Deputies then arrested Riley. The second man who was in the Buick sedan with Riley was not arrested because detectives were unable to determine whether the man was involved in the robbery.
After a search, detectives found $126 in cash on Riley as well as prescription medication for which he did not have a prescription for, Metts said.
Riley was being held on Wednesday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.