MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Officers, Detectives, and SCHP Troopers worked together to investigate a string of robberies that resulted in the arrest of 31 year-old Michael W. Givens, of Conway and 47 year-old Timothy C. Turbeville, of North Myrtle Beach, on December 26, according to police.
According to police, the female employee reported she was hit on the head with a metal pipe by a robber demanding money. She then opened the register and the robber made off with an undetermined amount of cash.
New Kobe Restaurant, located at 117 Rivertown Blvd., in Conway, was robbed on December 25. Witnesses at the scene were able to identify a white Ford Ranger pick-up truck as being connected to the robbery, according to Conway Police.
According to police, the robber lured the desk clerk to the back door and assaulted him by striking him in the head with a metal crowbar. The clerk managed to escape the robber and the robber helped himself to the contents of the cash register.
Officers responded to an armed robbery at the Kangaroo Convenience Store, located at 1390 Hwy 501 East, in the Conway, on December 26, around 8:40 a.m.
According to police, the female employee reported she recognized the robbery occurring as she exited the bathroom. She was able to retreat into a storage room to call 911. The other clerk on duty was hit in the head by the robber assaulted by the robber, with a wooden broom handle, and later leaving with a box of pennies.
A witness spotted the robber as he left the store getting into a white Ford Ranger, similar to the one used in the New Kobe Restaurant robbery, according to police.
After hearing the alerts for the white Ford Ranger, a SCHP Trooper spotted the vehicle and stopped it on Waccamaw Boulevard around 3:15 p.m.
HCPD Officers immediately took custody of the truck and its occupants. The investigation continued and resulted in the following charges:
Givens is charged with four counts of armed robbery, four counts of assault and battery in the first degree, and one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Turbeville is charged with four counts of armed robbery and four counts of assault and battery in the first degree.
Both, Givens and Turbeville are still in custody at the Horry County Detention Center.