Greenville County deputies said they are investigating an armed robbery that happened at a Pelzer home after a Seneca couple was followed from a local bank by the subject.
The couple, Dorothy Boyle and her husband Pete Peterlik, went to the Wells Fargo drive-thru on White Horse Road Monday afternoon before heading to her sister's home on Alverson Road home about 2:30 p.m.
"She was getting the strawberries out of the trunk," said Peterlik.
Greenville County investigators said that's when a simple trip to Peterlik's sister-in-law's house took a turn for the worse when a black, older model, box-style Buick or Oldsmobile came flying down the driveway.
"A boy got out wearing a hoodie and a red mask on his face," he said.
It appeared to the couple it was a random robbery, but seconds later it took a unique twist.
"He had a gun. He held it to my head and asked for the money. He went on to say, 'I know you got it because I saw you leave the bank,'" Peterlik said.
It turns out that the couple had been followed for more than 15 minutes from White Horse Road to Pelzer.
"It's a long way and they followed us. We didn't even know it," said Boyle. But Boyle said she wasn't scared.
"I told Pete not to give him the wallet. I told him to throw it in the back seat and let him get in there and hunt for it," said Boyle.
She said the robber took the wallet out of her husband's hand with $180 inside and sped out of her sister's driveway. That's when she ran inside to get her sister and brother-in-law, who didn't see or hear anything from inside their home.
"I told him to stay out there and get the tag number. That's when I ran inside and told my sister to call the police," said Boyle.
"They didn't have a tag number. It looked like a dealer's tag," said Peterlik.
Deputies are looking for the vehicle. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
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