Myrtle Beach man charged in convenience store robberies

Hezekiah Bethea, 50, of Myrtle Beach was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center Sunday afternoon on charges of strong arm robbery, armed robbery and possession of a deadly weapon during a violent crime. (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Hezekiah Bethea, 50, of Myrtle Beach was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center Sunday afternoon on charges of strong arm robbery, armed robbery and possession of a deadly weapon during a violent crime. (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A man has been charged in connection with the robberies of two Horry County convenience stores.

Hezekiah Bethea, 50, of Myrtle Beach was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center Sunday afternoon on charges of strong arm robbery, armed robbery and possession of a deadly weapon during a violent crime, according to jail records.

At about 10:10 p.m. on September 23, Bethea and another suspect entered a store at 1611 Highway 17 North, according to a news release from the Surfside Beach Police Department. One subject reached over the counter and took the cash register. Both left the store in a vehicle parked at the gas pumps.

No weapon was displayed, and no one was injured during the incident, officials stated.

In another incident, Myrtle Beach police responded to the 3rd Avenue South Scotchman around 3 p.m. Wednesday where an employee said Bethea pulled out a knife after the clerk rang up his merchandise and told her he didn't want to hurt her, according to the police report.

The employee stated that Bethea got angry, ripped the cash drawer off the counter and left the store.

Bond was set at $100,000 on the armed robbery charge, but not on the other two charges, according to jail booking records.

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