Reward offered for info on deadly carjacking, armed robberies

Police are searching for this car in connection to armed robberies and fatally carjacking. (Photo: Horry County Police)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — Federal officials are offering an reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for a deadly carjacking and armed robberies in South Carolina and North Carolina.

According to a news release from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, at approximately 10:30 p.m. on August 15, Horry County Police Department officers responded to a shooting and carjacking at Food Lion located at 110 Hwy 9 East in Longs.

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When officers arrived, they said they found a man shot to death inside his car and another man reported his vehicle had been taken at gunpoint.

ATF reports the suspects left the scene in the victim’s 2015 grey Nissan Altima.

Around 11:00 p.m., officers responded to an armed robbery at the Carolina Inn located 312 Hwy 701 North in Loris. Around 11:03 p.m., officers then responded to another armed robbery on Fox Bay Road, Loris.

Around 11:20 p.m., Chadbourn Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Fire Up #2 Quick Mart located at 322 S. Brown Street, Chadbourn. Around 11:47 p.m., a vehicle was stolen at the Time Saver Convenience Store located near the NC/SC state line at 3200 Hwy 701 N. in Loris. This stolen car has been recovered by law enforcement.

James Bellamy, of Tabor City, was arrested Thursday for his connection with the incidents. Two suspects remain at large. ATF says these suspects should be considered armed and “extremely” dangerous.

These crimes are being investigated by ATF and the Horry County Police Department.

Anyone with information about these crimes should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867).