Folly Beach police: Man poses as SLED agent, points gun at gas station employee

A man police say claimed to be a SLED agent and pointed a gun at a gas station clerk on Folly Beach early Sunday morning told officers he only pulled out the gun to prove he was 21.

Police say Zachary Pinkerton, 23, of Summerville, walked into the Circle K on Center Street shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday and tried to buy beer. When the clerk asked for ID, Pinkerton is accused of fumbling around in his pockets before pulling a gun and running out of the store.

Given a description of Pinkerton and the silver sedan he was in, a Folly Beach police officer spotted the car at Bert's Market and went inside where he found Pinkerton.

According to a report, Pinkerton tried to leave but the officer grabbed him by the arm and told him he was being detained.

At that time, Pinkerton told the officer "I didn't have my ID over there so I showed her the gun to prove that I was 21," the report reads.

The officer found a loaded .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun in his pocket. A spare magazine was found in another pocket, the report shows.

Pinkerton does not have a concealed carry permit, he told the officer.

During a patdown, the officer found a Crown Royal bag with several clear plastic bags with cocaine and marijuana in them as well as $273 in cash. Pinkerton said the drugs were not his, that he was holding them for his friend who was sitting in the car outside Bert's Market.

Pinkerton was arrested and taken to the Charleston County jail. He's charged with pointing a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession with intent to distribute. He was also charged with impersonating an officer, jail records show.

His bond is set at $85,000.

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