Myrtle Beach police investigate robbery on the beach

troot@thesunnews.comJanuary 8, 2014 

A couple, who were walking on the beach, told Myrtle Beach police they were robbed at gunpoint and the suspects fired several gunshots during the robbery, according to a police report.

The couple, a 27-year-old woman and 23-year-old man, told officers that they were walking on the beach about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday near First Avenue North on the beach, police said.

The woman said two people approached them, fired off a few gunshots and then went into the man's pockets and took a cellphone and about $75 cash, according to the report. The victim said she did not have any other details about the robbery.

The woman said her husband was out looking for the stolen phone, but police found him sitting in the courtyard of the motel where the couple were staying, according to the report. When police reviewed video surveillance from the hotel they saw the couple did not leave together as the woman had previously told police.

Later, the police said the woman told officers she was not with the man on the beach and that she and the man argued and he left alone, according to the report. She said the man returned and said he had been robbed on the beach.

The man told police he walked south along Ocean Boulevard and then turned and went to the beach where he encountered two men, according to the report. The man said the two other men confronted him in the sand, pulled a gun and fired three gunshots and told him to get on the ground.

The man said the robbers then took his phone and cash and told him if he moved they would shoot him before they ran away, according to the report. The victim then said he didn't want police involved in the incident. No other details were listed in the report.

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