Male reportedly robbed MB store at gunpoint

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Police in Myrtle Beach are looking for a suspect that reportedly held up a store clerk at gunpoint.

An incident report from Myrtle Beach Police says officers responded to the Tienda Hispana Anita store on 3rd Avenue shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday in response to a hold up alarm, but found the building empty and a 'for rent' sign on the door.

After checking all entrances to the business, officers determined it was a false alarm. Officers were then dispatched to a reported armed robbery just before 4 p.m. at the Tienda Mexicana Patria Unida.

A store clerk told police a Hispanic male had entered the store thirty minutes before and brought a package of chips to the counter it appeared he was going to buy. When the clerk opened the cash register to make change, the suspect presented a small semi-automatic handgun, the report states.

The clerk claims the suspect asked for all the money in Spanish, but she responded she couldn't give it to him or she'd be fired. The suspect then threatened to shoot her, and reached over the counter to grab the money from the register himself before running off.

A witness that entered the store shortly after the incident saw the suspect run across the parking lot and enter a black in color Chevrolet car that fled in the direction of Highway 501.

The suspect was described as a young Hispanic male wearing a green hooded jacket, white Aeropostale T-shirt, blue jeans, and black and white tennis shoes. The suspect stands approximately five feet, six inches tall and was described as thin.

Information about the identity or whereabouts of this suspect should be reported to Myrtle Beach Police as soon as possible.

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