Man charged in armed robbery at Dollar General in Longs

Man charged in armed robbery at Dollar General in Longs (Image 1)

Horry County Police Detectives have arrested a man they say was involved in an armed robbery at a Dollar General that happened Friday night.

Police arrested Joseph D. Hemingway, age 36 of Loris, on Tuesday without incident.

Hemingway is currently at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center where he is currently charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime. kidnapping, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Just 2 hours before a deadly armed robbery at the Sunhouse gas station and convenience store on Friday night, police say an armed man pretending to buy cookies hit the Dollar General nearby.

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The Dollar General robbery happened around 8 p.m. at 7130 Highway 905 in Longs.

Employees reported that a black male, 6 ft. tall, about 150 lbs., with a full beard and mustache, wearing black jeans, black jacket, black shoes, and a red ball cap robbed them at gunpoint. 

The suspect was further described as having star tattoos around one eye and a teardrop tattoo around the other.

A victim of the robbery said the robber pretended to be purchasing cookies when the robbery happened.

“Victim stated that the suspect entered the store and went to the back and grabbed some cookies to purchase,” Horry County Police said in a report. “While the suspect was doing so Victim went to the back room to take some merchandise back. The suspect came back there to tell Victim  that he needed to be checked out.”

The suspect then “removed a revolver type gun from his pocket and asked for the money. Victim moved back and allowed the suspect to
grab the money and (the suspect) then exited the store…” police said.

The suspect was dropping money as he was leaving, but no money was ever found, police said.

The cookies that the suspect had used during his ruse were found on the counter and police took them to gather evidence.

Officers obtained the store’s surveillance recordings on Monday and released them to the media.

The suspect made off with an undetermined amount of cash.

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