Second man charged in North Myrtle Beach gas station robbery prank

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 10, 2013 

— A second man has been charged in connection with a prank armed robbery attempt at a gas station last week, according to authorities.

Matthew Wayne Smith, 22, of Tabor City, N.C., was booked into the North Myrtle Beach Jail at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday and charged with attempted armed robbery and criminal conspiracy, according to jail records. Smith is being held on $25,000 bond, according to jail records at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

On Friday, North Myrtle Beach police charged Michael Glen Riden, 46, of Kannapolis, N.C., with attempted armed robbery and criminal conspiracy and he remains jailed $25,000 bond, according to jail records.

The men are charged in connection with North Myrtle Beach police being called at 6 a.m. July 6 to Dodge’s Store at 2609 S. U.S. 17 for an armed robbery, according to the report. Officers learned from the clerk that a man came in to purchase gas when another man came in behind him.

The clerk said the second man, Riden, put a gun to the head of the first man, Smith, and demanded money from the register or he would shoot Smith, according to the report. The clerk said she froze, took a step back from the cash register and yelled for a coworker.

The clerk said Riden then said it was a joke and left the store, according to the report. The clerk knew Smith, who had the gun pointed at him, but he left the store quickly.

Officers tracked down Smith and learned he picked up Riden and took him to the store, according to the report. Smith said he lied to police initially about having to leave for a doctor’s appointment because he was driving without a license.

Riden told police he got a ride with Smith, who said he knew the clerk, and wanted to play a prank on her, according to the report. Riden said Smith, who hasn’t been charged, gave him the BB gun and said they should pretend to rob the store.

Riden said he went into the store, pointed the gun at Smith’s head and demanded money, but when the incident didn’t go well, he tried to tell everyone it was a joke, according to the report. Riden said he left and walked home.

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