Crime

Police investigate after man fires gun at suspects during home break-in

A man reportedly fired several shots at two intruders he found allegedly breaking into his garage, according to a police report.

Myrtle Beach officers were called about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday to a home on the 5700 block of Springs Avenue, off U.S. 17 Business, where a 45-year-old man reported the incident.

The victim told police he was in his home when he heard a noise in the garage and went to go investigate and grabbed his .22 revolver gun as he walked out. He said he found one man inside his garage talking to another man located outside the garage, authorities said.

The victim said he opened his garage door and fired one shot at the suspect inside, who ran under the garage door and took off with the other suspect, running southbound through the victim’s yard, police said.

The victim told police he chased the suspects across his front lawn and fired three more shots at them. He told police he lost the suspects in the area of Calhoun Road when they headed eastbound toward the beach, according to the police report.

The victim said he was not sure if he shot either suspect, and police said they found no traces of blood at the scene or nearby after investigating.

Police searched the area for the suspects, but they had not been found as of 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Authorities responded to other incidents involving home break-ins in Myrtle Beach last week as well, according to police reports.

Myrtle Beach officers were called about 7 a.m. Thursday to a home on the 7600 block of Driftwood Drive, between 76th and 79th avenues North, where a 76-year-old man reported the incident after he noticed someone took a laptop computer and a locked box containing jewelry from his home, police said.

The victim told authorities he believed someone came into his home on Wednesday night and said he left his back door and back gate unlocked from about 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.

Authorities also responded to a report of a home break-in Friday when a couple reported electronics, jewelry and cash were taken from their home, according to a police report.

Officers were called about 12:15 a.m. to an apartment on the 700 block of Carolina Cove Drive where a 31-year-old man, accompanied by his wife whose age was not listed, reported the incident.

The couple said two Xbox gaming consoles were taken, along with a laptop computer, a karaoke machine, eight watches, other jewelry and cash, police said.

No arrests had been made as of Wednesday morning.

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.

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