Cops: Summerville robber nabbed after failed doughnut shop robbery

Taylor Watkins (Source: Reuben Long Detention Center)
Taylor Watkins (Source: Reuben Long Detention Center)

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Police say officers arrested arrested a man, who is suspected of robbing three pharmacies in Summerville, after a failed armed robbery at a doughnut shop in Myrtle Beach.

Summerville Police Department Captain Jon Rogers said 24-year-old Taylor M. Watkins was arrested in the Myrtle Beach area on Monday.

Officers responded to the Krispy Kreme on 1300 S. Hwy 17 in reference to an armed robbery. The clerk told officers that when he went up to greet Watkins, the suspect took out a gun and said, "The money in the register."

Authorities said the clerk then paused thinking that Watkins was joking because the clerk thought the gun wasn't real.

Watkins then said,"Do you want to play this game, it's not your money."

A second clerk then walked over and asked Watkins if there was anything he could do for him.

Watkins told the clerk,"Give me all the money in the register."

The clerk replied, "For what."

Police say Watkins then began laughing and ran out the door. Investigators then spotted Watkins' vehicle on Highway 17 and attempted a traffic stop.

A police report states that Watkins made no attempts to stop and continued to travel down the highway. Officers say they were able to stop Watkins' vehicle after deploying stop sticks which flattened two tires on Watkins' car.

After Watkins was arrested, he told police that he had consumed several methadone tablets.

Watkins was then transported to a local hospital. Police say they found a Phantom brand BB gun behind the passenger seat and 20 bottles of various drugs which included oxycodone, methadone, oxycontin, dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate.

Capt. Rogers said the pictures aired on Live 5 News were instrumental in identifying Watkins, who has pending charges in the Myrtle Beach area in addition to the three counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during a violent crime he faces in Summerville.

Watkins will be taken to Summerville for warrant service at an unknown time, Rogers added.

The first robbery happened at the Rite Aid on 602 Bacons Bridge Rd. on the night of March 23 when the suspect approached the clerk, showed a handgun and demanded all of the store's oxycodone and adderall.

As the clerk and pharmacist placed the medicine into the bag, the suspect said, "All of it."

The suspect then grabbed the bag, zipped it up and said, "You couldn't make it easy."

On the afternoon of Nov. 4, store employees at the CVS pharmacy on 301 North Main St. said they saw the suspect walking around the store for 30 minutes before approaching the counter.

When a clerk asked the suspect if he needed help, the suspect told two of the clerks to give him all of the oxycontin and oxycodone and to "make it quick."

The suspect then pulled out a gun from his hoodie and said, "Make it fast and make it now."

Police say the suspect handed the victims a blue bag to put the drugs in. The suspect then left the business with the drugs.

That same night, officers responded to the Walgreen's on North Main Street for a report of an armed robbery. The clerk told police that he first saw the suspect sitting in the waiting area.

When the clerk asked the suspect if he was waiting for a prescription, the suspect said, "No, I'm waiting on a phone call."

The suspect then waited for customers to leave the counter, then demanded methadone, adderall and oxycodone.

Police the suspect gave the victim a bag, took out a handgun and said,"You have two minutes to give the stuff."

The victim said the handgun was black and appeared to be a 9mm. The suspect then took the bag and filled with drugs and took off on foot.

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