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Ridgeland man convicted of Beaufort armed robbery

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BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

A 28-year-old Ridgeland man was convicted on Wednesday of robbing a Burton moving and storage company.

At the conclusion of a two day trial, jurors convicted James Wright of armed robbery and kidnapping. Wright did not show up for his trial and was tried in his absence.

On May 10, 2007, Wright and 27-year-old Tyshon Barnes robbed Chavis Moving and Storage Company on Bay Pines Road at gunpoint. Both men pointed guns at the employees and forced them into a closet. The robbers made off with a small amount of cash and a debit card that was used to withdraw money from a nearby grocery store.

Witnesses were able to pick out Barnes, who did not cover his face, from a photo lineup. Detectives identified Wright, who wore a ski mask by three fingerprints left at the scene.

Barnes pleaded guilty to the robbery and other offenses in 2008 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Wright's parole was revoked shortly after the incident for unrelated reasons and he was sent back to prison. He was arrested on the armed robbery and kidnapping charges upon his release in 2010.

Wright has prior convictions for burglary, grand larceny, criminal conspiracy and possession of burglary tools.

"He has been a serious problem in both Beaufort and Jasper Counties," said career criminal prosecutor Carra Henderson, who prosecuted the case. "He has caused a lot of fear in this area and our community will be a lot safer once he is apprehended."

Anyone with information about Wright's whereabouts is asked to call Beaufort County Dispatch at 843-524-2777 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC (1-888-274-6372).

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