Teens charged with robbing restaurant, convenience store

Lexington County investigators have arrested two teens in connection to armed robberies this week at a Taco Bell and a Circle K.

Inezhia Allen, 17, and Kealea Stephens, 18, are charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and possessing a weapon during a violent crime for the two incidents that happened about six hours apart Tuesday morning, according to arrest warrants.

The Circle K is at 3504 Charleston Highway, West Columbia.

“Based on evidence gathered at both crime scenes and eyewitness accounts, Allen and Stephens were armed with guns and held employees at gunpoint as they took money,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Fortunately, nobody was hurt during either incident.”

Allen was arrested at her home in Lexington. Stephens turned herself in Wednesday night. They’re being held in the Lexington County Detention Center while they await a bond hearing.

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