The clerk who was robbed at knifepoint at Northwoods Mall last month told a judge Friday morning that she was so traumatized that she lost her job, and she’s not sure she will ever be able to trust a stranger again.
“I’m just angry,” she told Magistrate Priscilla Baldwin. “I lost my job, my sense of security, everything.”
The former clerk spoke at a bond hearing for Stanley Delanor Moultrie, 48, of Pennyroyal Road in Georgetown. Moultrie is accused of armed robberies at Northwoods Mall and Citadel Mall last month. He faces similar charges in Georgetown, Myrtle Beach and Columbia.
A background check with the State Law Enforcement Division shows that Moultrie has been in and out of jail and prison almost continuously since 1991 on robbery charges, as well as a conviction for indecent exposure.
The clerk told police Moultrie walked into Spencer’s around noon Jan. 14, asked about an item for his niece, then walked across the way to Hot Topic. Then he came back a few minutes later, grabbed her by the right arm, put a serrated knife with a black handle against her and forced her to open the cash registers and safe, according to police reports. While she was in the stock room after opening the safe, Moultrie forced her to take off her top and bra and then looked down her pants before leaving with about $420 in cash, according to the incident report.
The robber was recorded on the store’s surveillance cameras, and the clerk later identified Moultrie as her assailant from a photo lineup, according to the arrest affidavit.
In the second local robbery, a man Charleston police later identified as Moultrie came into Journeys in Citadel Mall in West Ashley around noon Jan. 30 and told a clerk he wanted to try on a pair of shoes, according to the arrest affidavit. Then he pulled out a foot-long knife and demanded money. He ran from the store with $477 in cash and one dark brown size 13 Sperry shoe, according to an arrest affidavit.
Police released a surveillance photo after the robbery, and it looked very much like the man who robbed the clerk at Northwoods Mall about two weeks earlier.
Charleston police investigators learned that similar armed robberies had occurred in Georgetown and Myrtle Beach and that Moultrie was in the Georgetown County jail. Moultrie was arrested in Georgetown Jan. 31. Police said he went into a shoe store in Georgetown Jan. 18, asked to try on a size 13 shoe, then pulled out a knife to rob the clerk.
The vehicle used in the Georgetown robbery matched the description of the one believed to have been used in the robbery at Citadel Mall, according to the affidavit.
Police carried out a search warrant at Moultrie’s house in Georgetown and recovered evidence that linked him to the Citadel Mall robbery — including one dark brown Sperry shoe with the Journeys price tag still attached — according to the affidavit.
Moultrie faces charges of kidnapping, armed robbery, assault and battery and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime in North Charleston and armed robbery and possession of a knife during the commission of a violent crime in Charleston.
He was transferred to the Charleston County jail Thursday to face charges here. Baldwin set $300,000 bail on the two weapons charges and the assault and battery charge and no bail on the kidnapping and armed robbery charges, so Moultrie remains in jail.
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