Conway PD: Robbery suspect turns himself in

Surveillance photo of suspect in December robbery (Source: Conway PD)
Surveillance photo of suspect in December robbery (Source: Conway PD)
George William Smith (Source: Conway PD)
George William Smith (Source: Conway PD)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A man wanted for the robbery of a Conway pharmacy in 2012 has turned himself in to police to face charges.

The silent alarm at the Medicine Mart alert police to a robbery on Oct. 5, 2012. A man had broken in with a gun and demanded oxycontin, a police spokesman said..

Police identified the man as 43-year-old George William Smith, after SLED made a connection between this crime and a robbery in New Mexico.

At the time, Smith was hospitalized in Albuquerque, New Mexico from a suspected drug overdose. Warrants were obtained on Smith for armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a crime and kidnapping.

In November 2013, Smith turned himself in to Conway Police. He was given a surety bond of $20,000 and transported to J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Conway Police say it is was part of the bond conditions set in New Mexico for him to turn himself into Conway Police.

"It's a scary situation but I think we all handled it pretty well." Medicine Mart Employee Marie Dawsey said.

Two months later in December 2012, the pharmacy was robbed again. The clerk explained that a male wearing jeans, a black hoodie, and a black mask over his face came into the store with a handgun and demanded money.

Police said they had no reason to believe that two robberies were related.

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