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Fort Mill man faces multiple robbery charges

A Fort Mill man who police say has ties to several armed robberies in York and Lancaster counties was arrested after a robbery at Radio Shack in Charleston.

Dale Jack Warsop Jr., 30, of 210 Munn Road was charged Friday with armed robbery, said Detective Richard Burckhardt of the Charleston Police Department.

He also faces another armed robbery charge in Berkeley County, Burckhardt said.

Authorities are looking at Warsop in connection with several Lancaster County robberies and an attempted armed robbery earlier this month at a Fort Mill Burger King, Burckhardt said.

"He admitted conducting robberies in York, Lancaster, Charleston and Berkeley counties," Burckhardt said. "The motive was a type of survival thing."

Burckhardt said Warsop also confessed to the attempted robbery at the Fort Mill Burger King.

Warsop was out of jail on a $40,000 bond, said Tom Holland of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office. In January, police say. Warsop was charged with inflicting bodily harm to a child, Holland said. He posted bond late in June and moved into his father's Fort Mill home.

About two months later, police say, Warsop robbed two convenience stores six days apart, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office. Officials also linked Warsop to two other county armed robberies earlier this month.

Warsop faces attempted armed robbery, three counts of armed robbery and four counts of using a firearm during a violent crime in the Lancaster County incidents, Holland said.

"He could get life without parole," he said.

Capt. Jerry Hoffman of the York County Sheriff's Office said Warsop also is a person of interest in the Sept. 4 attempted armed robbery at the Fort Mill Burger King.

Burckhardt said Warsop left the area for the Lowcountry after the Lancaster and Fort Mill incidents.

"He wanted to come to the coast to look for a job on a fishing boat," Burckhardt said about Warsop's statement.

But Burckhardt said Warsop on Thursday robbed a Berkeley County store. The next day, he was identified as the man who robbed a Charleston Radio Shack.

Warsop fled on foot after the Radio Shack robbery. Charleston police reported finding him within 30 minutes hiding in a shed behind a church.

Warsop remained in custody Tuesday night at Charleston County Detention Center. Bond was set at $150,000 in the Radio Shack robbery, Burckhardt said. Another bond hearing is scheduled for today for the Berkeley County incident.

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