Two suspects are in police custody in connection with the robberies of two convenience stores early Saturday morning.
Krystal Dotson, Horry County police spokeswoman, confirmed the arrests of a male and and female suspect. One robbery happened in unincorporated Horry County while the other happened within Myrtle Beach city limits, she said. Dotson confirmed the incidents were connected and said the HCPD and MBPD were working together on the investigation.
The first robbery was reported about 2:30 a.m. at a Circle K convenient store at 62nd Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass, which is an area under Horry County police jurisdiction, police said.
The incident is listed as an armed robbery on Horry County police online records.
The second robbery happened shortly afterward about 3 a.m. at a Scotchman on Third Avenue South in Myrtle Beach, according to authorities.
No injuries were reported in connection with the incidents. Police told WPDE that during the first robbery a female suspect walked into the Circle K with a knife demanding money, but wasn’t able to get any cash.
Lt. Joey Crosby spokesman with Myrtle Beach police said officers responded to the Scotchman on Third Avenue South in reference to an armed robbery in the second incident. A clerk told police a woman entered the store, brandished a knife, and demanded money, Crosby said.
The 60-year-old male victim told police the female suspect, who was wearing a dark hoodie, said he refused to open the cash register and the victim reached over the counter and grabbed money from it herself, according to a police report.
The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
Jamie Lee Edwards, 25, is charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and David Wayne Brooks, 41, is also charged with armed robbery in connection with the incident, according to online Myrtle Beach Jail records.
“The city cameras were instrumental in the arrest of two individuals connected with this investigation,” said Crosby in an email statement.
Our Grand Strand news alliance partner, WPDE contributed to this report.