Crime

May 21, 2014

‘Creepy’ man targets female Realtors with odd and inappropriate behavior

A paunchy man who says he is looking to buy a home is targeting female real estate agents in Horry and Brunswick County, N.C., with odd and inappropriate behavior, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

A paunchy man who says he is looking to buy a home is targeting female real estate agents in Horry and Brunswick County, N.C., with odd and inappropriate behavior, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

He is “just creepy, making them feel very uncomfortable,” said Emily Flax, Brunswick sheriff’s spokeswoman.

Flax said the man will call female agents about property, identify himself as a vice president of the Hanes Corporation, and insist that they are the ones to show him the property.

The man, who used the aliases of Eric Mullins, Steven Mullins, Alex Mullins and possibly Steven Kincaid, carries a green portfolio with him to the showings, Flax said.

At some point, he pulls out ziplock bags with panty hose in them and begins a conversation that eventually leads to lingerie.

Flax said the man has not attacked or touched any of the agents, but added that his behavior makes them feel very uncomfortable.

Horry County Police spokesman Lt. Robert Kegler said he could not find any complaints under the aliases the man reportedly uses, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been similar complaints about a man using a different name.

The Brunswick Sheriff’s Office first got complaints about the man in January and then none until the last two or three weeks, Flax said.

The man was said to be driving a white SUV with Georgia license plates. He is described as 6 feet 4 inches tall, paunchy with thinning black hair. He also has worn gold-rimmed glasses, according to information from the sheriff’s office.

Brunswick detectives are advising female real estate agents to use caution and show property in pairs if possible. If the situation doesn’t feel right, they should call 911.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Brunswick Sheriff’s Detective Ronald Clarke at 910-386-7080.

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