Police roundup | On duty mall security guard charged with shoplifting

January 14, 2013 

Police

HORRY COUNTY

Security guard accused of shoplifting

A mall security officer on duty and in uniform was arrested Saturday when she tried to steal jewelry from the Steinmart at the Inlet Square Mall, according to an Horry County police report.

Shawn Lynn Westover, 42, of Myrtle Beach is charged with shoplifting. She was released from J. Reuben Long Detention Center about 4:30 p.m. Sunday on $500 bond.

A loss prevention employee saw Westover select jewelry, remove a tag and put the tag back while putting the merchandise in her pocket, the report said.

She was cooperative when the employee approached and detained her in an office at the store, and had signed a form acknowledging the shoplifting before police arrived, according to the police report.

PAWLEYS ISLAND

Fire at law firm under investigation

A fire at a law firm and bar in Georgetown County may have been arson.

Midway Fire Department was called at 6:09 a.m. Sunday to a building that houses the Toni Pennington Law Firm and the Islander Bar in the Pawleys Island community, said Bob Beebe, spokesman for the fire department.

Deputies with the Georgetown Sheriff’s office were called to investigate when the battalion chief noticed the front door appeared to have been kicked in, according to an incident report.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating because the fire is suspicious. Beebe said the investigation remains pending while the department awaits SLED’s findings.

GEORGETOWN COUNTY

Accused shoplifters lead police on chase

A pair of North Carolina men were arrested Saturday after fleeing from the Walmart in Georgetown and crashing a car into a building, said Carrie Cuthbertson, spokeswoman for the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher McWhite, 23, and James Gamble, 27, of Fayetville are charged with hindering police/resisting arrest and shoplifting value more than $1,000 but less than $5,000.

Bail for Gamble was set at $36,092.50, according to jail records. McWhite’s bail is $35,000 on the shoplifting charge, but no amount has been set on the resisting arrest charge.

Two others were in the car, but fled and have not been identified by police.

Anyone with information about the incident or the identity of the other two men can call Georgetown Police at 545-4300. Anonymous tips can also be sent by texting “GCSOTIP” followed by the message to 274637.

GEORGETOWN COUNTY

Attempted murder suspect arrested

A man arrested by Horry County police will soon be facing attempted murder charges in Georgetown County, said Carrie Cuthbertson, spokeswoman for the Georgetown County Sheriff’s office.

Terrance Rayon Thompson, 28, of Georgetown, was arrested Friday and charged with shoplifting, giving false information to law enforcement and unlawful carrying of a pistol. He remains jailed at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Thompson is wanted on two counts of attempted murder and two counts of possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime, police said.

Local

MYRTLE BEACH

Smoking is out at Celebrity Square club

A longtime club at Broadway at the Beach has gone smoke-free.

Crocodile Rocks no longer allows smoking inside the dueling piano bar, part of a new policy to start the new year, the club said in a news release.

“The decision was a hard one, but one I think will actually enhance the image of our club,” spokesman Craig Smith said in the release.

SURFSIDE BEACH

Town Council calls special meeting

Surfside Beach Town Council will meet in a specially called meeting Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the town’s fire station to discuss health insurance for town employees.

From staff reports

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