Man charged in North Myrtle Beach also accused in Charleston area robberies

akelley@thesunnews.comNovember 7, 2012 

— A man accused of robbing three Summerville stores at gunpoint was arrested in North Myrtle Beach Tuesday, after a doughnut shop holdup.

Taylor McClure Watkins, 24, of Charleston, is charged with armed robbery, failure to stop for blue lights, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession of cocaine. He is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $43,000 bail.

Watkins went to a Krispy Kreme on the 1300 block of U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach about 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to a North Myrtle Beach police report, showed the store clerk a gun and demanded money from the register.

The clerk didn’t respond immediately, thinking it was a joke, and said the gun didn’t look real when Watkins said, “Do you want to play this game? It’s not your money,” the report said.

A second clerk came over and Watkins demanded, and was denied, money a second time. He then ran out the front door laughing, police said.

Police chased Watkins’ car on U.S. 17 and deployed stop sticks on S.C. 9 at Pine Needle Road to stop the car.

Police said several drugs, one broken syringe with an unknown residue inside, a glass smoking pipe and a black BB gun were found in the car.

Watkins was taken to Seacoast Medical Center after he told police he had taken several pills, the report said.

Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers told the Post & Courier, after Watkins’ arrest in North Myrtle Beach, that he has pending charges in Summerville on three counts of armed robbery and three counts of possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

In Summerville, police said Watkins was accused after someone reported that a man pointed a black pistol at a CVS pharmacist about 5 p.m. on Sunday and demanded drugs from the business at 301 N. Main St.

Later Sunday, the man reportedly walked into the Walgreens at 1120 N. Main St., pointed a black pistol at a pharmacist and demanded drugs at about 8 p.m., Rogers said.

He said Watkins also has been linked to an armed robbery that happened March 23 at the Rite Aid at 602 Bacons Bridge Road in Summerville.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381.

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