Crime

Horry County police arrest man who stole fish statue, vandalized boat landing

Bradley T. Barnes
Bradley T. Barnes

Horry County police arrested a man in connection to vandalism and property theft at Enterprise Boat Landing in April.

Bradley T. Barnes, 18, of Georgetown, was arrested and charged with larceny and malicious damage to property on June 4. He was released on bail Friday and is awaiting his court date, Lt. Raul Denis said.

Police were able to identify and arrest Barnes from surveillance footage taken at the landing, Denis said. Barnes was arrested by the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the Horry County Detention Center, according to a police report.

Officers were called about 9:30 a.m. April 28 to the Enterprise Landing, off Bay Road, in Socastee, where vandals had reportedly spray-painted several surfaces, including a portable toilet and signs, police said.

Authorities said a metal fish statue, valued at $1,000, which had been donated to the boat landing, had been taken and that $350 worth of damage had been caused, Denis said.

Barnes returned the fish – which he had put on his family’s hunting property – to police on June 4, the report said.

Surveillance footage from security cameras revealed the damage and theft occurred about 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Security footage also showed a white, lifted, 4 door truck, with black custom wheels entering the boat landing, and that several men, who were the occupants of the truck, committed the crimes, Denis said.

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