Myrtle Beach police responded as howling alarms signaled neighboring businesses on North Kings Highway were broken into early Friday morning, according to police reports.
Officers were called to investigate an alarm activation at New York Pizza and Deli at 6613 N. Kings Hwy. about 5:30 a.m. and noticed a front door glass window had been shattered.
Police swept through the business looking for suspects and evidence and noticed the cash register broken on the floor. Authorities also discovered an office file cabinet drawer had been ransacked, the report says.
A 60-year-old man arrived on scene and told police he locked up at the business about 1 a.m., and that $200 was missing from the register, the report states.
Around the same time early Friday morning, officers were also called to the business next door - Revel 6 Hair Bar - in reference to an alarm activation.
Police also found the business’s glass front door to be smashed in and found no one inside after doing a sweep of the building.
The owner arrived on scene and stated nothing appeared to be disturbed inside the salon, according to the report.
Later on Friday, Myrtle Beach officers were also called to an attempted business burglary on North Kings Highway later that happened about an hour after the other reported break-ins that morning.
Authorities were called to Caldas Coal Fire Pizza and Sports Bar at 1311 N. Kings Hwy. in reference to the attempted crime where they spoke with the business owner, who said he found the locks on the front door to be heavily damaged.
He said he reviewed surveillance footage and saw two men dressed in all black, including black face coverings, using a yellow and orange pry bar to try to get inside the business’s front door.
Police also said they viewed the surveillance footage and noticed two men cloaked in black approach the front door about 6:30 a.m. One man is seen in the footage attempting to break the lock, authorities said.
Both men then start pulling on the pry bar, but aren’t able to get inside. One of the men tries to smash the front door’s glass with the pry bar, but doesn’t succeed, the report says.
The men then walk toward a nearby beauty supply store, but don’t tamper with the door. A short time afterward, they left the area headed eastbound toward Kings Highway, police said.
The owner of the business told police he estimated about $1,500 in damage had been done to the door. Authorities said there was no other evidence to process as the suspects wore gloves during the incident.
Sgt. Shannon Castle with Myrtle Beach police said the two side-by-side break-ins at 6613 N. Kings Hwy are related, and that police are still investigating the incidents.
He said it was possible the attempted break-in at 1311 N. Kings Hwy. was related to the other incidents, but said police were still investigating, and no apparent links had been discovered by Saturday morning.