Horry County police charge Loris man in theft of hunting dog

troot@thesunnews.comApril 30, 2013 

Joseph Stewart Rawls

— Horry County police charged a Loris man early Tuesday with stealing a dog reported stolen in December from its enclosure, according to a police report.

Police charged Joseph Stewart Rawls, 22, of Loris is charged with stealing dogs. He as booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to jail records.

Horry County police were called Dec. 21 to a home on Sweet Home Drive in the Loris area by a 24-year-old man, who reported his “Treeing Walker hunting dog” was missing from its kennel, according to the report. The victim said he received a text message at 11 p.m. Dec. 20 from Rawls asking about purchasing one of the two dogs in the kennel.

The victim said when he went outside about 9 a.m. the next day he noticed the dog was missing and the kennel was closed with one dog still inside it, according to the report. The stolen dog was between 7 and 8-years-old and the victim gave police photos of it..

The victim, in December, also showed police footprints along a ditch near his house and dog kennel, according to the report. Officers wrote in the report they planned to contact Rawls.

Details about Rawls arrest were not listed in the report.

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