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Mother, son suspects in NMB robberies

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Joshua Allen Thomas (Source: North Myrtle Beach DPS) Joshua Allen Thomas (Source: North Myrtle Beach DPS)
Terena Ann McWhorter (Source: North Myrtle Beach DPS) Terena Ann McWhorter (Source: North Myrtle Beach DPS)

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A string of burglaries haunting the North Myrtle Beach area has led police to arrest a mother and son.

The two suspects, Terena Ann McWhorter and Joshua Allen Thomas, were taken into custody for their alleged involvement in multiple strong armed robberies in the parking lot of the North Myrtle Beach Walmart.

One of those robberies occurred on the evening of Nov. 14 when a Walmart employee was getting in her car to head home after her shift. The incident report says the female employee was stopped by an unknown woman after she unlocked her car and placed her purse inside.

The woman then began to ask her for directions to Cherry Grove, and keep pestering, before shoving the employee in the car, grabbing her purse, and jumping into a get-away vehicle which was waiting just a few spots away.

Shortly after that robbery was reported, NMB Police received a call that the stolen credit cards had been used at a gas station in Cherry Grove.

According to NMB spokesman Pat Dowling, police also believe the pair were involved in the strong armed robbery of the Food Lion in Little River. Officers located the duo when they found the car used in those reported incidents.

Both mother and son have been charged with two counts of strong armed robbery and two counts of financial transaction card theft.

Thomas was also charged with financial transaction fraud and driving under suspension.

People who were shopping at the Walmart Tuesday explained what they would do, should a stranger ask them for directions.

"I would pretty much just continue to walk especially if I have the kids, I wouldn't I would just acknowledge the person. Not to be rude, but to be safe," Patrick Bologna said.

"You have to be careful. Especially, you know, young mothers out there. You just have to pay attention to your surroundings," Chilo Orr said.

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