MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Police in Myrtle Beach ended a series of armed robberies with one man's arrest, and now they've placed the suspect's accomplice behind bars.
Captain David Knipes, spokesman for the Myrtle Beach Police Department, tells WMBF News that on the evening of Sunday, July 15 officers responded to the Domino's Pizza on the 5300 block of North Kings Highway where witnesses reported two men had robbed the store.
The incident report states the men were wearing shirts over their faces and one was carrying a black in color semi-automatic pistol. They took approximately $100 from the cash register.
The two men were seen fleeing from the restaurant down an alley and jumping over a fence near an apartment complex.
Officers arriving on the scene detained one of the suspects, Rolando Omar Vela. Vela was arrested and charged with multiple counts of armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony after he was identified as the suspect in previous robberies. Knipes recalls that Vela admitted his involvement in those previous incidents when questioned by detectives.
The other suspect got away that night but 20-year-old James David Dailey was taken into custody early Wednesday morning and charged with armed robbery.
Before the alleged armed robbery of Domino's, the most recent robbery in the string of crimes Vela admitted to took place in early July at the Dollar General at the 6000 block of North Kings Highway. The Mexican restaurant next door was robbed just a couple weeks before that.
Vela admitted to robbing the Domino's Pizza on North Kings Highway, Tienda Mexicana on the 1100 block of Third Avenue South, Dollar Tree, on the 1100 block of Seaboard Street, Hungry Howes on the 1600 block of North Kings Highway, Dollar General on the 2000 block of North Kings Highway, Mexican Store on the 6200 block of North Kings Highway and Dollar General on the 6200 block of North Kings Highway.
Jeison Flores is the owner of the store that was robbed only weeks ago. It sits right next to the Dollar General store that was just robbed Monday night. He said he is scared and wants to see the suspect arrested.
"You know, I'm seeing him everyday, everywhere. He's in my mind everywhere I look," Flores said.
Flores said one thing he is grateful for, is it was him at the store that day and not his wife or daughter.
"I'm happy though. My wife and I work here together. We switched shifts. She said, 'oh you work because I have to get my hair done.' I said, 'ok I'll work for you.' And they robbed me," Flores said.