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Deputies: Search continues for sock-handed thief who stole car, robbed store

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Margaret Friend's SUV before it was stolen and wrecked. (Courtesy: Margaret Friend/ April 24, 2014) Margaret Friend's SUV before it was stolen and wrecked. (Courtesy: Margaret Friend/ April 24, 2014)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Anderson County deputies said a thief who disguised his hands with socks is still on the run after he stole an SUV, held-up a store at gunpoint and crashed the stolen SUV during a police chase Thursday morning.

Deputies said it all began when a Ford Explorer was stolen from a home on Palm Court sometime between 11:45 a.m. Wednesday and late that night.

Deputies said Margaret Friend reported her SUV stolen when she discovered it missing from her garage and that someone had rummaged through another car at the house.

"It just freaks me out really to think that he was that close," Friend said.

She told deputies the keys were left in the SUV and reported it stolen about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

"It's very disheartening and scary to realize that somebody made it to the inside of my garage," she said.

At about 1 a.m., deputies said they were called to an armed robbery at the Stop-A-Minit on Clemson Boulevard.

According to the robbery report, a man entered the store dressed in all black so the clerk walked toward the register. Deputies said the man had white socks on his hands, was holding a revolver and told her "I want all the money now."

The man kept demanding all of the money, and the clerk filled a blue bag with cash before he left the store on foot toward Stephens Road, according to the report.

Deputies began to search for the suspect and while that was going on, Anderson police spotted the stolen Explorer, according to the report.

When officers tried to stop the driver, he took off then wrecked near the Anderson Mall, according to deputies. The suspect fled on foot and was seen wearing white socks on his hands, deputies said.

Police and deputies searched by ground with K-9s and with the county helicopter but did not find the man.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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