Two charged in Murrells Inlet bank robbery, beach house burglary

Brandon Lee Christmas

A man and a woman have been charged in connection with the armed robbery of the NBSC bank on Highway 17 in Murrells Inlet on March 4 and a burglary at a home in Surfside Beach on March 22.

Brandon Lee Christmas, 29, and Erin Jean Nichols, 31, both of Myrtle Beach, face charges in Georgetown County and Surfside Beach.

Through forensic evidence and eye-witness accounts and statements, Georgetown County sheriff's investigators say they identified Christmas as the person who robbed the bank and Nichols as his accomplice.

They charged Christmas with Armed Robbery and Nichols with Accessory After the Fact to a Felony. The pair was already being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center after their arrests by Surfside Beach police.

Surfside Beach police say their burglary task force members witnessed Christmas and Nichols burglarizing a home in the 1400 block of North Ocean Blvd.

Christmas was arrested after a brief foot chase and struggle with officers, and Nichols was arrested after attempting to flee, according to Surfside Beach police.

Christmas is charged with 1st Degree Burglary, Malicious Damage to Property, Conspiracy, Possession of Burglary Tools, Resisting Arrest with Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, and Threatening the Life of a Public Official.

Nichols is charged with Accessory Before the Fact to a Felony, Conspiracy, and Resisting Arrest.