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Business owner recalls woman in apron robbing him

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Friday, May 27, 2011

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) – A woman in an apron served up more than one man bargained for last month.

Daniel Encarnacion says he was working in his Cricket Wireless store when a woman, dressed in an apron walked in and asked to look at some of his merchandise.

"I started to explain some things about the phones," Encarnacion said. "I looked down to pick one of the phones up to show her. I bring my head up and I have a silver revolver right in my face."

Encarnacion said she demanded cash, stuffed the money and gun back into her apron and walked out.

"She seemed a little bit nervous once she pulled the gun, so I don't think she had done that much before, but of course after that I guess she got a little bit bolder," he said.

A few days later, police say she struck again, robbing the Palmetto Heritage Bank and Trust on Highway 17 North in Mt. Pleasant. Police say she also called in a bomb threat to Moultrie Middle School.

The suspect, Samaryer Sanders, was arrested shortly after and remains in custody at the Charleston County Detention Center on $150,000 bond.

"It's a shame that everybody's having a hard time right now. It's a shame. But this isn't the way to take care of it and I hope folks out there realize its not worth going to prison," Encarnacion said.

Despite her incarceration, Encarnacion says he's taking precautions in his store he hopes will protect him. He's installed surveillance cameras and signs warning potential robbers they are being watched.

The measure is recommended by Sgt. Trevor Shelor, with the Charleston Police Department's prevention office. He also suggests business workers keep little cash in the registers. That's the kind of advice he says his patrol officers are giving businesses around town.

"We are available in the crime prevention office to come to your individual business to do a security survey of the property, to do presentations to your management and staff," Sgt. Shelor said.

He says about 30-40 businesses take advantage of their service per year, which is free. Meanwhile, Encarnacion admits he looks over his shoulder a bit more often now.

"You have to be observant all over the place," he said.

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