Crime

Men charged in Surfside Beach burglaries, also face Horry County charges

Two Socastee men accused in a string of daytime burglaries in Surfside Beach also face multiple charges from Horry County police, Sgt. Robert Kegler said.

Ray Alan Bell, 48, and William Earnest Miller, 47, were charged Wednesday in connection with the Surfside Beach incidents after they were arrested at Myrtle Beach hotel, police said.

In Horry County’s jurisdiction, Kegler said Miller and Bell each face 16 counts of second-degree burglary, while Miller also faces eight counts each of possession of stolen goods and obtaining goods under false pretenses.

Each was charged by Surfside Beach police with criminal conspiracy, five counts of attempted second degree burglary, four counts of second degree burglary and seven counts of possession of criminal tools, Chief Michael Frederick said. Bell also is charged with driving under suspension, operating uninsured, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and failure to return a suspended license plate.

The two were found at an unnamed Myrtle Beach hotel where they had been hiding for several days, Frederick said. The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force along with Surfside Beach investigators found the pair.

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