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Surfside Beach charged Myrtle Beach man in vehicle break-in

A Myrtle Beach man was charged with breaking into vehicles at public beach access parking lots, according to Surfside Beach Police Chief Mike Frederick.

Lowell Dean Bockert, 21, was arrested today and charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle and additional charges could be filed against him, Frederick said in a release. The charge stemmed from an incident on Feb. 15

Surfside Beach police began investigating vehicle break-ins after some officers noticed similarities among several incidents that occurred that week, Frederick said.

“We have the luxury of an exceedingly low crime rate here, so when a pattern like this emerges it becomes obvious immediately,” Frederick said. “Our numbers have been consistently low during January and February, so when officers began detecting the new method a few weeks ago it jumped right out at us.”

Officers began conducting surveillance and undercover operations, which lead to Bockert’s arrest, Frederick said. Frederick declined to comment upon the specific methodology used during the break-ins.

The investigation continues and additional arrests could be made, Frederick said.