Woman arrested in connection with North Myrtle Beach store robbery

A 35-year-old Longs woman was charged with armed robbery after an employee at a North Myrtle Beach gourmet popcorn store told police she was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday, a police report says.

Amanda Leigh Mustard is charged with armed robbery, according to J. Reuben Long Detention Center records.

North Myrtle Beach police were called about noon Tuesday to Colette’s Popcorn store, off U.S. 17, for a report of a robbery.

Prior to the incident, Mustard came in the store and asked the clerk to open the cash register after briefly looking around, the report states.

The clerk questioned her, and Mustard allegedly told her to open the register again, police said. The clerk told officers Mustard had her hands in her pockets and said she could see the outline of the barrel of a weapon, the report says.

The clerk opened the drawer and placed the money on the counter. She said the suspect then told her to sit on the floor and not to move, police said.

The clerk said the suspect told her not to move for five minutes, and that someone was watching her, authorities said.

The suspect then fled the store, and the store clerk got up, flagged down a maintenance worker, and told him she had just been robbed.

The suspect was then seen getting into a silver, four-door car, and heading toward Barefoot Landing, the report says.

Horry County police assisted in the case and arrested a woman matching the suspect’s description, authorities said.

Mustard’s bond was set at $20,000, and she remained jailed Wednesday afternoon, according to records.