Myrtle Beach armed robbery suspect caught shortly after heist

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A robbery suspect doesn't get far after he robbed a Myrtle Beach Scotchman convenience store with a construction tool.

Police reports show that around 3:00 a.m., an armed robbery suspect walked into the store at 1101 3rd Avenue South and demanded cash from two store employees who were behind the counter at the time. One of the store's employees said the suspect pointed a hacksaw at his chest when he made his demands.

Once the register drawer was open, the suspect jumped over the counter to grab the cash and then ran from the store, police said. He didn't get very far before officers who were patrolling the area saw the suspect walking on 3rd Avenue towards Highway 501, police said.

Police said the suspect was held until he could be positively identified by Scotchman store employees. Crime scene officers also took evidence from the scene to help build the case. So far, the hacksaw hasn't been found, police said.

A warrant for the suspect, Samuel Sanford Shorter, for armed robbery and he is currently behind bars.

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