Couple facing multiple charges in thefts, police chase in Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach

A man and woman are facing charges in a robbery and vehicle chase in Surfside Beach and a golf cart theft in Myrtle Beach, according to authorities.

Amanda Michelle Lankford, 20, and Joshua Maurice Redmond, 21, both of Myrtle Beach are charged with criminal conspiracy in connection with a police chase on Wednesday in Surfside Beach following a report of a stolen cellphone in that town, police said.

Lankford also is charged with strong armed robbery in the incident and Redmond is charged with accessory after the fact of a felony, reckless driving and failure to stop for a blue light, said Rodney L. Keziah, interim chief in Surfside Beach.

The pair also face charges by Myrtle Beach police in connection with a golf cart stolen Nov. 7, when a 38-year-old woman reported her golf cart valued at $2,500 was stolen from Yellowwood Avenue, according to a Myrtle Beach report. Lankford was charged with accessory after the fact of a felony and Redmond was charged with grand larceny with a value between $2,000 and $10,000, and resisting arrest.

Myrtle Beach police arrested Redmond at 4:45 a.m. Friday at 1001 S. Ocean Blvd. Redmond tried to flee when police approached him, but then stopped and was arrested, according to the report.

Surfside Beach police arrested Lankford Thursday at her job and charged her, Keziah said.

A judge in Surfside Beach set bail for Lankford at $15,000 on the charges there, while a Myrtle Beach judge added a $5,000 bail for the charge in that city, according to jail records.

Redmond is being held pending a bail hearing.

Keziah said that the investigation and arrests were a cooperative effort among several police agencies.

“It is great to finally get these offenders off the street to stop further victimization of citizens, especially during this holiday season,” Keziah said.

Capt. Arron Miller, with Surfside Beach police, said Wednesday that an officer initially attempted to stop a vehicle because it matched the description of a suspect and vehicle identified in a reported stolen cellphone incident.

The car failed to stop for blue lights and the chase ensued.

The pursuit began about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday in the city limits and continued down Glenns Bay Road and Holmestown Road, then to S.C. 707. It ended on Tern Hall Drive, Miller said.

A man jumped out of the vehicle, which rolled to a stop at the tree line behind a home on the corner of Tern Hall and Caspian drives, Miller said. The man ran into the woods, but the Surfside Beach police officer lost sight of him during a foot chase. Police believe a woman, also in the car, fled into the woods, too.

Keziah said Lankford and Redmond were involved in the chase.