Horry County police charge Myrtle Beach man with making false burglary claims

troot@thesunnews.comOctober 30, 2013 

Thomas Raymond McDonald

— Horry County police charged a Myrtle Beach man after officers said he lied when he reported more than $3,000 worth of electronics and jewelry were stolen from his apartment, according to the police report.

Thomas Raymond McDonald, 65, of Myrtle Beach was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday and charged with filing a false police report of a felony violation, according to jail records. McDonald was released at 7:19 p.m. Tuesday on $5,000 bond.

On Oct. 18, Horry County police were called to McDonald’s apartment at Marshfield Circle for a burglary, according to the report. Officers learned the McDonald said he left to watch sports programming at a local business and was gone for about four hours.

McDonald said when he returned he found his apartment door ajar and three laptops, some jewelry, an electronic tablet and a camera were missing, according to the report.

Detectives began investigating the incident and they learned that McDonald had falsely reported the burglary and took him into custody, Lt. Robert Kegler said.

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