North Myrtle Beach man facing 12 counts of shoplifting in thefts from Tanger Outlet

troot@thesunnews.comDecember 14, 2012 

A North Myrtle Beach man remains jailed Friday morning pending a bond hearing after Briarcliffe Acres police stopped him following a report of a shoplifting at the Tanger Outlets on Kings Road, according to authorities.

Darrell Edward Lewis, 43, of North Myrtle Beach is charged with 12 counts of third or subsequent offense of shoplifting with a value of $1,000 to $5,000 and one count of driving under suspension, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. He was booked into the jail at 8:32 p.m. Wednesday and remains there pending a bond hearing.

The charges stemmed from Briarcliffe Acres Police Chief Kyle Lamparter monitoring police radio traffic for a shoplifting at the outlets about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a police report. Lamparter saw the vehicle, which was described by witnesses leaving the scene, going northbound on U.S. 17 between Middle Gate Road and Commons Boulevard.

Lamparter stopped the vehicle at the entrance to Ocean Creek Resort and when he approached the vehicle he saw the front and rear passenger seats loaded with new clothing and women’s purses with the tags attached, but the items were not in shopping bags, according to the report. Lamparter detained Lewis and charged him with driving under suspension.

Horry County police officers met Lamparter and seized the merchandise and charged Lewis with the 12 counts of shoplifting, according to the report. The recovered stolen property included 60 items valued at $3,851.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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