Police roundup | Robbers target couple walking on the shore in Myrtle Beach


Couple robbed on the beach

A couple told Myrtle Beach police they were robbed by two armed men while they walked on the beach late Sunday, according to a police report.

The victims, a 23-year-old woman and 36-year-old man, told officers that about 11:45 p.m. Sunday they were on the beach near Seventh Avenue North when two men approached them. On of the men had a gun, police said.

One of the robbers struck the woman in the head and demanded their money, according to the report. The male victim told police he gave the robbers his car keys, about $190 in cash while the woman gave them her camera and cellphone, valued at $570.

The victims reported the incident to an officer who was on routine patrol and parked at the Eighth Avenue North beach access. Officers checked the victim’s vehicle, which was parked at the Seventh Avenue North beach access.

The victim told police his video camera was missing from his vehicle. Officers searched the area, but did not locate the robbers.


127 bags of heroin seized

Multiple bags of marijuana and heroin were found during a traffic stop by deputies in Brunswick County on Friday, said Del Routh with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s office.

Hakeem Vereen, 21, of Ash, N.C., and Alex Hamilton, 19, of Shallotte, N.C., were charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies said Vereen had 20 bags of marijuana weighing about 21 grams and $7,000 cash. His bond was set at $5,000.

Hamilton’s bond was set at $50,000 after deputies found 127 bags of heroin and $1,256 in cash.


Mobile home fire under investigation

Horry County authorities are investigating an early morning fire that damaged a mobile home Monday in Galivants Ferry, according to officials.

Horry County Fire Rescue crews were called about 1:20 a.m. Monday to the home on Fairfax Road and found flames showing from the home, said Leslie Yancey, public information officer. Crews extinguished the blaze and the cause is under investigation.

No one was hurt during the fire.

Horry County police also were called to the address for a domestic incident, but specific details about that incident were not immediately available Monday, according to authorities.

It is unclear if the two incidents are related.


Man robs, assaults couple in motel room

Myrtle Beach police are investigating a report that a man forced his way into a motel room, pistol-whipped and robbed a couple at gunpoint, according to a police report.

A 19-year-old woman and 21-year-old man told officers that a man knocked on their door about 9:30 a.m. Sunday at 1001 S. Ocean Blvd., and forced his way inside their room wielding a gun, police said.

The male victim told police the robber hit him in the head with the gun and forced him to the ground, according to the report. The robber took three cellphones, a bracelet, a jar of coins and $100 cash before he left, according to the report. The victims said the robber wore a red handkerchief over his face.

No other details were listed in the report.



Candlelight vigil for the homeless

Swash Park Ministries announced the date for the fourth annual candlelight vigil for the homeless in Myrtle Beach.

The service will be Dec. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Community Kitchen at 1411 Mr. Joe White Avenue.

The service honors members of the homeless community who have died in the last year.

In 2011, 23 homeless people died. It was the highest for the three years the vigil was held, with 13 deaths in 2010 and 18 in 2009.

From staff reports