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Police presence at Socastee High School after overnight break-in

Socastee High School
Socastee High School Christian Boschult

A man allegedly broke into Socastee High School early Wednesday morning and was later arrested by Horry County police, a report said.

Horry County police said suspect Anthony John Minerva was charged with second-degree burglary and breaking into a car. No further details were given about Minerva in the news release.

Police were on campus Wednesday morning out of an abundance of caution, said Mikayla Moskov, spokeswoman with Horry County Police Department.

Multiple officers saw the suspect, wearing a black Tshirt and gray shorts, walking around the area earlier in the night, according to a police report. He was interviewed by officers, who got his address. A worker at Circle K at Forestbrook Road and Dick Pond Road said the suspect was in the store that night and left on an ATV.

Officers responded to the school about 3:30 a.m. after the school’s alarm was activated, a report said.

Police said it “was clear” that someone had been into the school because of a broken window and a trail of blood. No suspects were found inside while the police worked to clear the building, the report said.

In the front parking lot, police said a driver’s education vehicle was broken into and two windows were smashed with a big piece of concrete.

Police found the suspect at home at the address that he gave officers earlier in the night, the report said.

A Socastee High Facebook post said the man had no affiliation with the school or students.

Lisa Bourcier, spokeswoman with Horry County Schools, sent a release Wednesday morning about a police presence around the school, stating it was unrelated to the break-in.

Bourcier said S.C. Highway Patrol officers were in front of Socastee High investigating a hit-and-run traffic fatality that happened earlier this week off of the school’s property. She said folks may see several police vehicles and a police drone near the school. She said there was no threat or a public safety concern at Socastee High School.

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