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NC crime spree suspects may be moving their armed robberies to Myrtle Beach, cops say

The same suspects responsible for a recent string of robberies in North Carolina could be behind an attempted robbery that involved a man pointing a gun at a woman who had a 5-year-old child in tow at the time, according to an Horry County police report.

Officers were called about 1:30 p.m. Sunday to a Lowe’s Home Improvement store at 8672 U.S. 17 Bypass in the Myrtle Beach area, where they spoke with the victim, who had her 5-year-old granddaughter with her, police said.

She told police as she got into her car in the Lowe’s parking lot, a woman in the car next to hers asked her for directions to the beach. She said as she started to give directions, a man sat up in the vehicle, holding a gun.

The victim told officers the man pointed the gun at her and told her not to move. She told police she was “terrified” during the encounter, and started to back up in her vehicle. She said the suspects then left the area.

No one was hurt in the incident, and no shots were fired, police said. The victim described one of the suspects as a white female with pale skin and red hair who looked to be about 20 years old. She described the other suspect as a black male with a dark complexion who appeared to be between 30 to 40 years old, according to the report.

As they investigated, Horry County police noted they received information from a Myrtle Beach police officer, stating he was told to look out for a pair matching the suspects’ descriptions from friends in North Carolina, where a string of similar robberies happened, the report states, which also says the officer was told the suspects were headed to Myrtle Beach to continue their crime spree.

Horry County police officials said no arrests have been made in the case, and the investigation is ongoing.

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