Crime

Man arrested in connection with car break-ins in North Myrtle Beach area

North Myrtle Beach police arrested a man in connection with multiple car break-ins in the North Myrtle Beach area, according to Pat Dowling, city spokesman.

Hunter Gray Watts, 23, of Loris was arrested Thursday and has been served with 11 warrants for charges including, auto burglary, petit larceny, financial card theft and fraud, and malicious damage, Dowling said.

Police said Watts’ charges stem from incidents that happened last month when he began breaking into cars parked at beach access areas in North Myrtle Beach.

Watts got credit cards and cash from the car break-ins and charged gas, cigarettes and other purchases on the victims’ cards at different gas stations and also made purchases at the North Myrtle Beach Wal-Mart, according to arrest warrants.

Watts charged hundreds of dollars with various credit cards he took from different victims, police said.

Watts is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on a total bond of $80,000 for his various charges, according to jail records.

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