Victim hunts down suspect after home break-in; string of burglaries reported on Myrtle Beach street

A Myrtle Beach burglary victim, awoken by his barking dogs, grabbed his gun and, after driving to a nearby apartment complex, found a man holding his stolen laptop computer early Thursday morning.

The 48-year-old victim said he recognized the computer as his because of the stickers on it, and he got out of his car, showed the suspect he had a gun, and the suspect put the computer on the ground and ran, according to a Myrtle Beach police report.

Officers were called about 4:45 a.m. Thursday in reference to a burglary on Foxcroft Lane, near 10th Avenue North, authorities said.

When police arrived, they spoke with the victim’s wife, who said she was awoken by their dogs barking in the kitchen, and her husband got his gun and went to investigate. He discovered the backdoor was open, and the woman found her purse was missing, along with her husband’s laptop computer, police said.

The man then drove to a nearby apartment complex to search for the suspect, found and confronted him. Police combed the area for the suspect, but didn’t find him, according to a report.

Neighbors of the victims also reported that their cars were broken into that night, and one victim had video footage showing the suspect get into her unlocked car about 2:30 a.m. The footage also showed the suspect checking to see if another neighbor’s car was left unlocked, police said.

The victim with the video footage reported her $150-GPS system was taken from her car in the incident. Another victim on Foxcroft Lane also reported that $15 was taken from her husband’s vehicle, police said.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend