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Couple face six robbery, nine kidnapping charges for Myrtle Beach incidents

A couple face nine kidnapping charges and six armed robbery charges in connection with robberies at Myrtle Beach businesses, according to Horry County grand jury indictments released Tuesday.

Geri Elizabeth Hamilton, 44, of Simpsonville, and Bernard Foster, 39, of Myrtle Beach, were each indicted on nine kidnapping charges and six armed robbery charges in connection with a series of robberies in July and August at Myrtle Beach area businesses, according to court records.

The charges begin with the July 27 robbery of the Sea Palms Motel; the July 31 robbery of a Check Into Cash; Aug. 4 robbery of the Holiday Shores; Aug. 5 robbery of the Sun Fun Motel; and the Aug. 9 robbery of the Boardwalk Beach Resort, according to the indictments.

Police arrested the couple on Aug. 12 after they were stopped on traffic charges unrelated to the robberies and investigators linked them to the incidents. Hamilton also faces charges of turning unlawfully and disregarding a stop sign.

In the incidents a man armed with a gun demanded money from the clerk or employee, police said. At the motels, the man first inquired about getting a room before the robbery.

Foster is being held without bail, while Hamilton’s bond was set at $240,000 on the charges. The couple are being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Since 1990, records with the State Law Enforcement Division show that Foster has been arrested 22 times and served prison sentences for offenses that include grand larceny, breaking and entering a vehicle, robbery, criminal domestic violence, escape and possession of controlled substances.

His most recent arrests were in December, and charges that are pending include criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, petty larceny and malicious injury to personal property.

SLED records show Hamilton was arrested in 1999, 2000 and 2001 on fraudulent check charges.

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