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Teens charged with restaurant, convenience store robberies, deputies say

Inezhia Allen (Lexington County Sheriff's Department)

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WACH) – Investigators have arrested two teens in connection to armed robberies this week at a Taco Bell and a Circle K, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

Eighteen-year-old Kaelea Stephens and 17-year-old Inezhia Allen are charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and possessing a weapon during a violent crime for the two incidents.

The incidents happened about six hours apart Tuesday morning, according to arrest warrants.

“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 while Stephens turned herself in Wednesday night. Both are at the Lexington County Detention Center while they await a bond hearing.

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