North Myrtle Beach police arrest mother, son on robbery charges

troot@thesunnews.comNovember 20, 2012 

A man and his mother are facing robbery charges in connection with a purse snatching in a Wal-Mart parking lot and later using the stolen credit cards, as well as a robbery in a grocery store parking lot, according to police.

Joshua Allan Thomas, 23, and Terena Ann McWhorter, 42, both of North Myrtle Beach were each charged with three counts of strong armed robbery and two counts of financial transaction card theft, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Thomas also faces a charge of first-offense driving under suspension, not for DUI.

They were each booked into the detention center Friday, according to jail records.

Thomas is being held on $39,653 bond, while McWhorter is being held on $38,000 bond.

The charges stemmed from a purse snatching on Nov. 15 in which a 68-year-old woman told North Myrtle Beach police that a woman stopped and asked her for directions to Conway while they were in the Wal-Mart parking lot at 550 U.S. 17 N., according to the report.

The victim said she noticed the woman was looking around and did not appear to comprehend what she was saying about getting to Conway.

Then, a man drove up next to them and asked for directions, according to the report. The victim said she felt uncomfortable so she started walking toward her car. The victim said the woman grabbed her purse and they struggled for it before the victim fell.

The victim refused medical treatment and the suspects drove away, according to the report.

Earlier this month, police identified the pair as suspects in a strong armed robbery that occurred at Food Lion in Little River, according to the report. The victim in that case told police that on Nov. 14, her credit card was used at a local gas station.

Police arrested them in Cherry Grove after they found the vehicle used during the robberies.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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