Myrtle Beach police charge three men in convenience store robbery

Myrtle Beach police charged three men in connection with a robbery in the city late Monday, and charges are expected to be filed by Horry County police in two robberies in their jurisdiction the same night, 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 with a weapons violation, according to a North Myrtle Beach police report.

Late Tuesday, the men were taken to the Myrtle Beach Jail and each charged with armed robbery in connection with a robbery that occurred at 11:15 p.m. Monday at Gullies convenience store located at 1601 N. Kings Highway, according to Myrtle Beach arrest reports. Dyson and Lewis also were each charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and Dyson was charged with kidnapping.

A Myrtle Beach judge denied bail for the men on the armed robbery charges. Bail for Dyson on the kidnapping charge also was denied. Bail was set at $10,000 for Dyson and Gause on the firearm possession charge.

The weapon charges filed by North Myrtle Beach police stemmed from officers 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 given descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle.

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.

The robbery in Myrtle Beach occurred about 11:15 p.m. Monday when police were called to Gullies after a 45-year-old clerk 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.