Two Ocean Boulevard burglaries probed
Myrtle Beach police are investigating two burglaries that occurred in the same area along Ocean Boulevard.
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In the first incident, officers responded about 7:40 p.m. Sunday to 3802 N. Ocean Blvd., where police were called for a burglary alarm activation and found a broken window. Officers did not find anyone inside.
The victim, a 79-year-old man, was not at home at the time of the incident and gave police and a 57-year-old man permission to search the house, according to the report. Officers noted it did not appear than anything was taken, but detectives are investigating.
In the second incident, which was reported a few minutes after the first, police were called to 3602 N. Ocean Blvd. and found the front door was open. A 42-year-old man told police he and his family left the home about 3 p.m. and had locked the door behind them.
The victim walked through the home with police and noted nothing appeared to be missing, according to the report. Officers did find bread crumbs on the kitchen counter and the victim said they were not there when the family left.
Police also found two windows were unlocked and the victim said they should have been locked.
Burglar loses stolen cash
More than $400 cash was found behind a building after a video game machine was broken into, according to Myrtle Beach Police.
City police responded to Winners Circle Amusement on the 1700 block of U.S. 501 just before 6 a.m. Monday because an alarm was going off. Police found the front glass door had been broken and a video game with a credit card machine had been forced open. The bill receiver from the machine was missing.
When police checked behind the building, they found $424 in loose bills blowing around, the report said. Computer records from the machine show there should have been $1,883 inside.
Surveillance footage showed a man throw a heavy piece of steel through the door at 5:55 a.m. The suspect then used a pry bar on the video game and left the store 30 seconds later, the report said.
The suspect is between 5-foot-7 and 5-9 with an average build. He was wearing blue jeans, black shoes, a green long sleeve shirt, a backward baseball hat, gloves and a white bandanna across his face.
Gas jumps and average 1.6 cents
The average retail price for a gallon of gas in South Carolina increased 1.6 cents last week to average $3.09 on Sunday, which is less than the national average of $3.43 per gallon, according to the gasoline website SouthCarolinaGasPrices.com
Prices in South Carolina on Sunday were 3.8 cents per gallon lower than a year ago and are 30.8 cents lower than a month ago, according to the site. The national average has decreased 26.4 cents per gallon during the last month and is 6.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
“With Thanksgiving just days away, Americans will be hitting major thoroughfares en masse. While gasoline prices have dropped in the last month and a half, the national average will still come close to breaking a record- the highest ever national average for Thanksgiving,” said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst. “I don’t really see how gas prices could greatly improve between now and Christmas, given the new military action in the Middle East, and other pressures. It’s all but certain the national average will not drop under $3.25 per gallon, which could lead to a perilous start to 2013.”
Christmas tour of homes on tap
The Loris Garden Club Christmas Tour of Homes will be Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.
The tour will include a live nativity scene at First Presbyterian Church of Loris and refreshments served at the new Loris Public Safety Building. Tickets are $15 with proceeds benefitting the Garden Club’s beautification efforts of the city of Loris.
For more information or to obtain tickets, call 716-7161.
MBAFB plans 20-year closure reunion
Any former military or civilian ever assigned to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base and their families are invited to the 20-year reunion of the base’s closure.
The reunion is April 6, but RSVPs are required by Dec. 15. For more information, visit www.mbafbreunion.com.
From staff reports