Two homeless men are facing several charges in connection with burglaries at homes in the Myrtle Beach area where a locksmith van, a handgun, jewelry and electronics were stolen, according to authorities.
Wayne Carbonneau, 24, and Philip Anthony Sabatino, 25, were arrested Thursday by Horry County police in connection with a burglary at a home in the 1100 block of Bluffton Drive, according to a police report.
The men also face charges in connection with burglaries at two Myrtle Beach homes.
Horry County police charged Carbonneau with first-degree burglary, two counts of receiving stolen goods and giving false information to police, while Sabatino was charged with first-degree burglary, unlawful carrying of a pistol and unlawful possession of a pistol. Bond was set at $15,000 for Carbonneau and $10,000 for Sabatino, according to jail records.
Those charges stemmed from Thursday when police were called to Bluffton Drive after a man found Carbonneau and Sabatino standing in his living room holding his computer, according to the report. The victim said the suspects dropped the computer and ran out the back door.
Officers found them walking along a Frontage Road in the area and the suspects had the victim’s pistol and a bank bag that contained coins, watches, and the victim’s credit cards, according to the report. Horry County officers reported they also found an iPod, reported stolen in Myrtle Beach, in Carbonneau’s pocket when he was searched.
Carbonneau told officers he bought the iPod from a man in Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach police charged Sabatino with three counts of accessory after the fact, and larceny, while Carbonneau was charged with two counts of burglary and grand larceny with a value more than $2,000 but less than $10,000. The men are being held at the Myrtle Beach Jail pending bond hearings.
In the first incident in the city limits, Myrtle Beach police learned that a 41-year-old man reported his home in the 700 block of Ninth Avenue South was burglarized July 11 after someone broke a window in the back door and forced their way inside. Loose change, valued at $265, and jewelry, valued at $400, was reported stolen.
Police reviewed video surveillance at a nearby Food Lion and saw two men cashing in the coins and found the jars the change was in thrown into nearby trash cans, according to the report.
In the second incident, a 39-year-old man and his 37-year-old wife reported their home in the 600 block of White Oak Lane was burglarized July 12, according to the Myrtle Beach police report. The victims told officers someone kicked in the front door to get inside.
A flat-screen television, iPod, two cameras and some jewelry valued at $4,480 were stolen from inside the house and a 2000 van for Henry’s Lock and Key was stolen from the driveway. The van was valued at $20,000.
Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.