4 Charged With Armed Robbery Here

Four men arrested by the Richland County sheriff’s office have been charged with armed robbery, while tow of the four face an additional charge of grand larceny.

The charges grew out of the armed robbery of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Horton about 8 o’clock Sunday night, September 13, and a theft from a cash register shortly before 8 o’clock Wednesday night, September 9, at the H. B. Tyson’s store, Capital View Grocery.

In the robbery of the Hortons at the pottery place on Highway 1, Route 2, Blaney, in the Pontiac section of the county, bandits at pistol point forced Miss Horton to lie down and robbed her of $40.

Mr. Horton fired his pistol once but hit no one and the bandits wrestled the weapon away from him.

In the theft at the Tyson store at 1712 Leesburg Road at least one man occupied Mr. Tyson in the rear of the store while another took $80 from a cash register.

All except one of the men have admitted participating in the armed robbery. Bond for each was set at $5,000 by magistrate Lonnie Jacobs and all were in county jail last night except one who was free on bond.

Bond for two of the group charged with grand larceny in connection with the theft at the Tyson store was set at $2,000 by Magistrate Jacobs.

The sheriff’s office identified the men as Benjamin F. Boatwright, 23: Wallace Norton, 44; Ted M. Neeley, 23; and John Steven Moore, 23.

The sheriff’s office identified all except Moore as residents of Richland County; Moore was said to be from Gary, Kan.

Officers said Norton, who was out on Bond last night, is originally from McColl. Norton and Boatwright were also charged with grand larceny, in addition to the grand larceny charge.

Investigating the cases along with Sheriff Strother S. Sligh and Chief Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Harrison were Identification Officer A. B. (“Lex”) Price, Deputy Sheriff M. A. Green, and Deputies R. E. Padgett, Tom Rye, Francis Watts, E. L. Mustard, and C. E. Brooks.

September 20, 1959  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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