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Suspect in Best Buy laptop robbery in custody

A man accused of using a handgun to steal a laptop from a Best Buy store turned himself in to authorities today, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department.

Bruce Kenny Hester, 49, of Buist Avenue, North Charleston, is charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, said police spokesman Charles Francis.

About 3:30 p.m. today, the department had released a news bulletin identifying Hester as a suspect. Within hours, Hester turned himself in at the North Charleston police headquarters, Francis said.

About 4:30 p.m. on April 14, a man walked into the Best Buy store at 1987 Savannah Highway and spent about 30 minutes talking with a sales clerk about different types of laptop computers, the release said.

After choosing a laptop, the man and the sales clerk walked to the front of the store, where the man pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the clerk and then ordered the clerk to walk toward the rear of the store.

The man walked out of the store with the laptop.

Hester was being held in the Cannon Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

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