MYRTLE BEACH — Police arrested a Myrtle Beach man Sunday in connection with two armed robberies and two burglaries that occurred within a week in January. Police also say he is connected to a handgun that was reported stolen in July 2012.
Richard Gary Powers, 64, was charged with two counts of armed robbery, three counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to online documents.
Powers is being held on $60,000 bond on the weapons possession charges, but bond was denied on the burglary and robbery charges, Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said early Monday.
Myrtle Beach police allege that Powers is responsible for a string of armed robberies and burglaries that occurred at various hotels in Myrtle Beach between Jan. 5 and Jan. 11.
According to police reports, on Jan. 5 Powers allegedly forced a man into his room at The Landmark Hotel, 1501 S. Ocean Blvd., at about 8:30 p.m. and demanded the victim empty his pockets. The victim said Powers took cash and a bank card.
On Tuesday police said that Powers took cash and passports from victims staying at Compass Cove Myrtle Beach Resort, located at 2311 S. Ocean Blvd.
Powers is linked to two incidents on Friday, police said. At about 7:10 p.m., police said Powers cash and credit cards from a room in Compass Cove. Then at about 7:20 p.m., police said Powers robbed a two people at gunpoint inside their room at the Best Western Plus, located at 1804 S. Ocean Blvd., according to a police report. The victims said Powers took two designer purses from the room.
Police released images from video surveillance on Saturday from the armed robbery at Best Western.
Police also charged him in connection with the burglary of a .380-caliber Ruger handgun from a condo rental unit on July 17.
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