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Suspect in multiple Upstate robberies denied bond

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Robert Allen (Courtesy: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office) Robert Allen (Courtesy: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office)

A man who deputies with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said is the suspect in several recent robberies that took place in Greenville and Spartanburg counties has been denied bond.

Lt. Kevin Bobo said Robert Allen, 50, of Greenville, is suspected in the robberies of two Dollar General stores which occurred in Spartanburg County on Friday, a robbery within Woodruff city limits, a robbery from Greenville County, and another Spartanburg County robbery.

Allen was charged just after noon Saturday. A magistrate judge denied bond in Allen's case Saturday night.

In a press conference Monday, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said all five robberies happened within a 24-hour window. He says no one was injured in any of the incidents and it's believed the suspect only got away with a little more than $40. 

On April 25, Allen is accused of walking into the Dollar General store on Reidville Road and telling the clerk he had a gun, according to Wright.

Wright said the clerk gave him the money in the register and Allen left in a green Chevy truck.

According to a Wright, a few hours later, the Family Dollar on South Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville County was robbed by someone with the same description.

Wright said Allen was quickly identified as the suspect.

At 2 a.m. on April 26, deputies located Allen's green truck on the side of Old Spartanburg Highway. At 6:30 a.m. police said Allen robbed the Citgo in Woodruff.

He was spotted walking along Old Spartanburg Highway a short time later where he was taken into custody.

At the press conference on Monday, Wright also went into detail on Allen's lengthy criminal history, claiming he was a repeat offender who has been failed by the justice system. During Monday's press conference Wright discussed an idea he says he's currently working on to bring a restoration program back to Spartanburg County and to the state of South Carolina. 

Wrights says such a program would require repeat offenders to work while incarcerated, doing such things as mowing grass, without pay. Wright says his proposal for the restoration program is a work in progress, but one he plans to bring to the state. 

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