The identity of a local thief, who recently grabbed several tools from the Sears store at Coastal Grand Mall, wasn’t hard to discover.
Myrtle Beach Police were able to get his name, since the man reportedly shoplifted from the same store several days before, and actually left his identification behind.
Double “duh” on him.
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Hitting the same store twice, and possibly leaving your driver's license, is a pretty good way to get caught.
The man also didn’t go very far with the loot, since he reportedly took the stolen tools to a nearby Dick’s Pawn Shop on Mr. Joe White Avenue.
The frequent shoplifter hit Sears at Coastal Grand Mall on Oct. 25, police said.
He also struck there on Oct. 22, according to reports.
A clerk told police on Oct. 25 she noticed the man walking around the store with a shopping bag.
The thief lingered in the store, then walked to the tool department and put an auto-test meter and a 10-piece wrench set in the bag.
He then left the store in a hurry, but not before a surveillance tape clearly showed his face and the license plate of the get-away car, police said.
That made it even easier to find out who he was.
The items from the second theft were worth about $220.
The man was paid $40 at Dick’s Pawn Shop, after he signed a paper saying the tools weren’t stolen.
Police found out about his recent chain of thefts, and past shoplifting crimes, when they went to Dick’s to recover the stolen tools.
Andrew Michael Price, 26, charged with shoplifting and breach of trust, was arrested on Oct.30 and released the same day.
A man who apparently didn’t know how to pick on someone his own size grabbed an older woman’s purse, then knocked her down and ran, according to Sunset Beach (N.C.) Police.
The mean-ass robber hit on Oct. 28, in the parking lot of Walgreens Pharmacy in Sunset Beach in Brunswick County.
The 90-year-old victim was leaving the store around 1:20 p.m. when the unknown man grabbed her bag, police said.
The 6-foot-tall man weighed about 200 pounds, police said.
He was wearing a black shirt, black-and-red athletic shorts and a black ball cap, police said.
The woman was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Anyone who has seen a rather large man, carrying a woman’s purse, is asked to call the Sunset Beach Police at 910-579-2151.
Halloween Lock Down
Parents who were worried about their kids eating bad candy or getting hit by cars while trick-or-treating had at least one less worry last week.
The state, and local officials, demanded that registered sex offenders who were on probation or parole remain in their homes for several hours on Halloween night.
That meant the porch light was off for some people who have their pictures on the SLED (S.C. Law Enforcement Division) Web site.
Parents, and children, were already warned about speeding cars, texting drivers and many other potential other hazards before celebrating Halloween on Oct. 31.
Parole officials told people "not to worry," and they could check the list of sex offenders in their neighborhood before going out.
Sounds like a very good idea.
With all that going on, however, it’s a miracle that anyone actually decided to leave their home.
In a continuing pattern of Halloween weirdness, some employees at the Conway Police Department attended a blood splatter demonstration at the local gun range.
The demonstration helped participants learn to analyze a shooting crime scene based on the arrangement of blood droplets, according to officials with the Conway Police Department.
Continuing education just got a little stranger for some people in Horry County.
The blood splatter course was taught by a professor from Horry-Georgetown Technical College.
Employees were told to "power up on chocolate," to prepare for the demonstration.
Somehow the combination of blood splatter and chocolate isn't the most appealing way to finish off Halloween.
Analyzing the way the blood fell, however, helped the students solve the pretend crime at the gun range, according to department officials.