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MB Police press charges against suspects in armed robberies

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Terry Gause (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Terry Gause (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Markel Lewis (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Markel Lewis (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Jermaine Dyson (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Jermaine Dyson (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Three men are in custody after a string of armed robberies in Horry County and Myrtle Beach.

Officials with Horry County Police tell WMBF News they were investigating to see if the three armed robberies reported overnight are connected. Two of those robberies occurred in Horry County - one on 62nd Avenue, and one on Lake Arrowhead Road.

The third occurred at the Gullies on 16th Avenue North in the city limits of Myrtle Beach. MB Police spokesman Capt. David Knipes confirmed that robbery is connected to the others in the county.

The incident report from that armed robbery states the two males entered Gullies gas station around 11 p.m. Monday with handguns.

The clerk told police she emptied the contents of the cash register into a potato chips bag and handed it over to the suspect holding the silver and black pistol in front of her.

After getting the cash and learning the clerk could not open the safe, the suspects fled.

The witnesses to this robbery described the suspects as black males standing approximately 6 feet tall. Both were wearing hooded sweatshirts, ski masks and gloves.

The description of the suspects was released to all surrounding police agencies. Shortly after midnight, a North Myrtle Beach police officer spotted an orange Chevy Cobalt with the possible suspects inside driving north on Highway 17 when it pulled into a gas station and purchased $4 in gas.

When the car got back on the highway, it was stopped by North Myrtle Beach Police. The arrest report notes that when the first suspect exited the vehicle, they could see a black pistol on the floorboard.

After searching the car, police discovered a plastic bag with a large sum of money.

The three suspects in the vehicle, 21-year-old Markel Lamor Lewis of Tabor City and 19-year-old Terry Michael Gause Jr. and 23-year-old Jermaine Dyson of Loris have been detained while police continue their investigation into the armed robberies.

Booking records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center show each has been charged with carrying concealed or unconcealed weapons.

On Wednesday, Myrtle Beach Police charged the three men with armed robbery. Dyson and Lewis are also charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Dyson is charged with kidnapping.

Bond on the armed robbery charge was denied for all three men.

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