HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) A second armed robbery in a week at a local Buffalo Wild Wings has put two behind bars Tuesday night, according to Horry County Police.
Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, said officers responded to the Buffalo Wild Wings located in the Carolina Forest area around 11 p.m. in reference to an armed robbery. When they arrived, they were told two black males entered the restaurant through the rear door of the kitchen with handguns.
The suspects then reportedly forced the manager into the office, who then emptied the safe and handed the money over, according to Kegler.
Both suspects then fled out of the same door they entered and were seen leaving in a green Crown Victoria.
That vehicle was then located by both HCPD and Conway officers along Highway 501 Business and French Collins Road, where a traffic stop was conducted. Shamal Davon Dennison, 19, and Terrance Lamont Melvin, 29, were then taken into custody.
Kegler said the investigation remains ongoing, with a third arrest possible. Officers are also searching for a man who may have acted as a distraction in the front of the restaurant during the robbery.
He has been described as a black male with a goatee who was wearing a red shirt with a red hat and black pants at the time of the robbery.
Investigators do not believe Tuesday's incident is related to an armed robbery of a man inside a restroom at the same Buffalo Wild Wings a few days before.
Both incidents do have people near the Carolina Forest shopping center talking though.
"It's kind of a quiet area and to know that there's burglaries happening back to back here it surprises me a lot. It caught me off guard," said Shayna Sell.
Some business owners say these crimes are a reminder that Carolina Forest needs more of a police presence.
"We need a small established police station here in this area so at least they can stop in and we can have some help here and keep the area in good situations," said Tony Sorrentino, who owns Bagel Factory II.
Kegler said Carolina Forest already has two officers devoted entirely to the community. He says adding patrols or a station would be a long process that would need support from county leaders.
Anyone with information on either robbery is asked to contact Horry County Police.