MBPD catches man accused of robbing MB florist

Jeremy Koonce (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Jeremy Koonce (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Myrtle Beach Police have identified a man who reportedly robbed a Myrtle Beach business Friday morning.

Capt. David Knipes, spokesman for the Myrtle Beach Police Department, said a white male entered Flowers by Richard located at 2817 N. Oak St. around 10 a.m. demanding money.

The suspect claimed he had a gun, however, no gun was seen.

According to an incident report, an employee was on the phone taking a flower order when the suspect entered the store and hung up the phone she was on. The suspect then told her he was robbing the store and it wasn't a joke.

When the employee told the suspect she could not open the register without a transaction, the suspect allegedly pulled out a dollar so she could make a sale. He then reportedly got frustrated and left the store.

He was described as standing 5'6" and weighing 150 pounds wearing a brown hoodie and blue jeans at the time of the incident. He was then seen fleeing the scene in a gold or champagne vehicle with possible VA tags south on Oak Street.

Around 12:30 p.m. Friday, Knipes told WMBF News officers had one in custody. According to MBPD, Jeremy Lee Koonce of Myrtle Beach was charged with strong arm robbery.

Booking records with the J. Reuben Long Detention Center indicate Koonce's bond was set at $10,000. He was released around 1:15 p.m. Friday.

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