Two Horry County men are facing criminal charges after police say a man awoke to find them robbing his Surfside Beach home on South Poplar Drive Sunday morning.
The case prompted a warning to would-be offenders from the town’s chief of police.
“Those who come into this town with the intent to invade our homes and threaten the safety and security of our residents will bear the full resources of Surfside Beach Police Department,” SBPD Chief Kenneth Hoffman said in a release on the case. “Entering a person’s home at night is a heinous crime and we will work to ensure that those involved are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
Police were called to the home for a burglary in progress minutes after 5 a.m. and were given a description of the suspects.
“One of the suspects was immediately apprehended fleeing the scene of the incident and the other was apprehended later in the day,” according to a release from the Surfside Beach Police Department.
Joseph David Ramos, 20, of the Caropines Community, and Brian Austin Wall, Jr., 27, of the Tradewinds Community, have each been charged with first-degree burglary, petty larceny and conspiracy.
Police say more suspects may be charged in the case as the investigation continues.
Items stolen from the home, including clothes and a wine bottle, were found outside a nearby apartment complex, according to the police report.