Two charged for Summerville pharmacy robberies

Chester and Morgan (Source: SPD)
Chester and Morgan (Source: SPD)

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Police say they have arrested two men who robbed pharmacies in Summerville on Tuesday, and one suspect was turned in by his grandmother, who recognized him on TV.

Captain Jon Rogers with the Summerville Police Department said 31-year-old Joel Morgan, of Summerville, and 20-year-old Michael Chester, of Moncks Corner, are accused in the robberies, which are not connected.

Chester is accused of holding up the Walgreens located at 1120 North Main Street late Tuesday night.  He is charged with strong armed robbery.

Moncks Corner Police Department Lieutenant Michael Roach said Chester was watching the nightly news Wednesday with his grandmother when surveillance video from the robbery came on the TV.  Roach said Chester's grandmother looked at him and said, "That looks like you," to which he replied, "It is me."

Chester's grandmother then picked up the phone and called Moncks Corner police.

According to a police report, authorities then responded to a car Chester was sitting in at the Moncks Corner Police Department parking lot. Chester then told an officer,"I robbed a pharmacy in Summerville yesterday."

Chester said he was very sorry that he robbed the pharmacy. He said he demanded oxycontin at the pharmacy and was given two bottles of pills.

Investigators say Chester's grandmother talked him into turning himself in.

Morgan is accused of robbing the pharmacy counter at the CVS at 301 North Main Street at knifepoint early Tuesday around 12:30 a.m. He is charged with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Both men are scheduled to appear in court for bond hearings on Thursday afternoon.

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