Myrtle Beach police responded to Paradise Resort Saturday evening after a woman’s son allegedly stole her car and drove it onto the beach—getting it stuck in the sand, according to a police report.
The woman told police she parked her black Toyota Scion in the parking lot across the street from the hotel at 2201 S Ocean Blvd., and was staying at the hotel to watch her grandchildren while her other family members went to dinner.
She then claimed her 26-year-old son left the hotel with his son around 8 p.m. to go walk around the shops.
When the woman’s daughter came back to the hotel after dinner, she told her mother that the car was no longer in the parking lot. After the woman’s son returned, she asked him where the car was. He replied, “I don’t know,” the report says.
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He then dropped his son off to his mother and left the hotel. When he left, the 4-year-old said “Daddy parked the car in the sand,” the woman told police.
That’s when she contacted police and sent her husband and son-in-law to look for the car.
Before police received the woman’s call, the Toyota Scion was found stuck on the beach near 7th Avenue North by another officer. The officer reported recent damage to the passenger side front bumper, but that the car was locked and there were no signs of forced entry.
A witness told the officer that multiple people exited the car, including a child, and left the scene in an unknown vehicle, according to the report.
When police reviewed city cameras, they determined the car was driven onto the beach around 9:12 p.m., the report states.
The woman mentioned to police that her son may have had a spare key, and didn’t want to press charges at the time.
Michaela Broyles, 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles