Just a few days after dropping charges against a 34-year-old Rock Hill man in the robbery of a CVS pharmacy, Rock Hill police say the man actually responsible for the July armed robbery is a 32-year-old North Carolina man.
The Rock Hill Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for Arthur Dale Maynard Jr., of Taylorsville, N.C., in connection with the CVS robbery on July 2, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger, police spokesman.
Maynard is in jail in North Carolina. He was arrested in Hickory, N.C., on Monday, according to a news release from Hickory police sent on Tuesday.
His bond was set at $250,000.
Hickory police say Maynard robbed a Walgreens in South Carolina and authorities arrested him on Monday on a fugitive warrant issued for the crime, the release states.
After seeing images of robbery suspects in S.C., Hickory police contacted S.C. police agencies and developed Maynard as a suspect in multiple robberies, according to the release.
Maynard was a suspect in two pharmacy robberies in Hickory – one in late 2012 and another in early 2013, Hickory police said Wednesday.
Jason Thatcher, 34, was originally charged with the Rock Hill robbery Maynard is now accused of. Thatcher spent 29 nights in jail at the Moss Justice Detention Center in York on a $500,000 bond.
Police dropped the charges last Friday after investigators said they found similarities between the July 2 robbery on Cherry Road and a string of pharmacy robberies in North and South Carolina.
Local detectives are continuing to work with out-of-state authorities, Bollinger said.
With many police cases involved, federal authorities might decide to take up Maynard’s case, he said.
The department does not believe Maynard is responsible for the most recent daytime robbery at the Rock Hill store across from Winthrop University where a suspect with a mask wanted drugs from the pharmacy. After realizing the pharmacy was closed, the robber took money from the cash register.
Hickory authorities say they interviewed Maynard after arresting him this week.
Maynard confessed to the Hickory pharmacy robberies and other South Carolina robberies in Rock Hill, Columbia, Greenville and Richland County, according to Hickory Police’s news release.
Authorities found Maynard in possession of a large amount of opiate-based narcotics and cash, the release states.
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