Crime

Myrtle Beach police charge second man in pizza shop armed robbery

Myrtle Beach police arrested a second man in connection with a robbery at a pizza delivery business and investigating whether he is lined to a string of other robberies in the city, according to authorities.

James David Dailey, 20, of Myrtle Beach was jailed early Wednesday and charged with armed robbery in connection with a July 15 robbery at Domino’s Pizza at 5335 N. Kings Highway, police said.

Another man, Rolando Omar Vela, was also charged in connection with that robbery and six other armed robberies in the city, said Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes.

Additional charges being filed against Dailey are possible as the investigation continues, he said.

Employees told police that two men, who had their shirts covering their faces, ran from the rear of the business, pointed a gun at them and demanded money, according to the police report. The suspects also demanded an employee open the safe, but the suspects ran out of the store after learning the safe’s door had a nine minute time delay before it would open.

Vela faces charges in connection with seven armed robberies in the city since April. He was arrested in July. Vela remains jailed at J. Reuben Long Detention Center without bond on eight kidnapping charges and nine armed robbery charges.

Bond was set at $190,000 on charges of unlawful carrying of a pistol, unlawful possession of a pistol, armed robbery and eight counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to jail records.

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