Conway man sentenced to prison in robbery attempt

troot@thesunnews.comJanuary 15, 2014 

Corey June Burke

A Conway man was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to an attempted armed robbery charge and a separate charge of exposing himself, according to Horry County court records.

Corey June Burke, 26, of Conway pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted armed robbery and exposure of private parts in a lewd and lascivious manner, according to court records.

Circuit Court Judge Deadra L. Jefferson sentenced Burke to 18 months on the robbery charge and six months on the exposure charge. The sentences will run concurrently and Burke also must pay court costs.

Details about the exposure charge were not immediately available Wednesday, but records showed he was arrested on Jan. 16, 2013, on the charge.

Horry County police charged Burke in the robbery on Aug. 22, after an investigation into an attempted holdup at the 501 Mini Mart near Conway, according to authorities. Officers were called about 1:45 a.m. July 28 to the store at 4245 U.S. 501 West after an employee told police a man came into the store with a pistol and demanded money.

The employee told police he did not give any money to the robber, but instead ran to the rear of the store, according to the report. The employee said the suspect then left the store.

Officers reviewed video surveillance of the incident and saw a man with a mask on his face and wearing yellow gloves go into the store, according to the report. The man had a white towel or rag tucked into the front of his pants and a bandage on his arm.

While watching the video police saw several people come and go from the store and an officer identified Burke as a suspicious person outside the store before the robbery, according to the report.

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