Two men charged in Conway area business robbery

troot@thesunnews.comOctober 30, 2013 

— Horry County police charged two men in connection with a robbery at a Conway area business that prompted a bloodhound search on Tuesday, said Lt. Robert Kegler on Wednesday.

Leroi Bernard Jackson, 21, of Conway and Jamal Dashon Bessent, 19, of North Myrtle Beach were each charged Wednesday morning with armed robbery in the incident at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Cash for Gold located at 1080 U.S. 501, Kegler said.

Police were called after two men dressed in all black clothing and wearing masks entered the store with a weapon and demanded money, Kegler said. The men received an undisclosed amount of money and then ran out of the business.

In addition to Horry County officers, troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol and officers from Conway and Coastal Carolina University Department of Public Safety set up a perimeter around the store, Kegler said. The Horry County Police Bloodhound Tracking Team began to search the area and one of the suspects was captured within two hours.

Police continued searching the area and took the second suspect into custody a short time later. It was unclear where the men were located.

Jackson was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, while Bessent was booked at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, according to jail records. The men are being held pending bond hearings.

Horry County officials also activated the emergency notification system called Code Red, Kegler said. Officials sent out 1,016 notifications about the incident through phone calls, text alerts and emails to residents, business owners and schools within a two-mile radius of the business.

They were urged to take the proper precautions while police were searching the area, Kegler said.

To sign up for Code Red emergency alerts, go to www.horrycounty.org.

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