Three men are in police custody after robberies in Horry County and Myrtle Beach overnight, according to authorities.
North Myrtle Beach police took Jermaine Dyson, 22, and Terry Michael Gause, 19, both of Loris, and Marckel Lamar Lewis, 21, of Tabor City, N.C. into custody early Tuesday and charged each man with a weapons violation, according to a North Myrtle Beach police report.
Police suspect the men in robberies at three area convenience stores, but investigations are onging and charges related to the robberies had not been filed by Tuesday evening.
The weapon charges stemmed from police finding two pistols inside a vehicle the men were in about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to a report. Officers were alerted by Horry County and Myrtle Beach police regarding armed robberies in their jurisdictions and the suspect vehicle.
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After the alert a North Myrtle Beach officer saw the vehicle, an orange Chevrolet Cobalt going north on U.S. 17 and saw the driver stop for gas a Shell station at 1209 U.S. 17 South, according to the incident report. The officer stopped the vehicle as the driver attempted to leave that area. Officers found a handgun in the rear floorboard of the vehicle where Dyson had been sitting and another gun under a seat next to it. Officers also found a plastic bag that had a large sum of money in the vehicle.
Myrtle Beach police were called at 11:15 p.m. Monday after a 45-year-old clerk at Gullies located at 1601 N. Kings Highway reported two men came into the store, one man pointed a gun at her and demanded money from the cash register, police said.
The clerk said she opened the register and was ordered to put the money in a potato chip bag before the suspect asked her where the safe was located, according to the report. The clerk said she could not open the safe, so the suspect left the store.
The suspects, who wore masks over their faces and gloves on their hands, took about $200 cash then left, walking down an alley behind the store, according to the report.
In Horry County, police were called to two separate Kangaroo convenience stores for robberies soon after the Myrtle Beach incident, Sgt. Robert Kegler said.
The first incident occurred at a store located at 62nd Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass, and the second at a store located at Lake Arrowhead Road at U.S. 17 Bypass, Kegler said. In each incident, Kegler said, the suspects went into the stores armed with handguns and demanded money and cigarettes.
It was unclear how much money or cigarettes were taken during the two Horry County robberies.