Suspect detained in Otto store robbery

A 22-year old South Carolina man was arrested over the weekend charged with robbing the Otto General Store.

According to Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland, the suspect, Benjamin Prince, was located at a residence close to the store on Saturday shortly after the incident. He was allegedly waiting for a ride out of the area after the robbery. Sheriff’s Deputies deployed a Bloodhound which tracked down the suspect after a piece of his clothing was found.

The suspect allegedly took an undisclosed amount of money.

We spoke with the clerk who was working at the time of the robbery. She said it was a scary experience, but also one that left her angry, “It’s my family’s store and we’ve been struggling to stay open. Just over the past few weeks, we finally started getting stock back in. Friday, we finally got gas back in after being out for a while, and Saturday, we were robbed.”

The clerk is thankful the suspect was caught within an hour of the incident and the store is going to be more vigilant. A similar incident occurred at the Otto General Store in 2009.

Prince has been charged with common law robbery and felony larceny. He is also facing unrelated charges from Franklin Police. Prince was booked into the Macon County jail on a $8,000 bond.