MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Horry County police are looking into potentially suspicious sandbag sales in the Socastee area.
According to a post on the Horry County Police Department’s Facebook page, investigators have been made aware of social media posts circulating about an operator with a Pawleys Island towing company who allegedly obtained sandbags under suspicious circumstances and may be selling them in the Socastee community.
“I’ve got an investigator that’s working that case and we want to get to the bottom of it and determine the facts," Chief Jospeh Hill with Horry County Police said. "There’s a lot of stuff going on social media right now and I want to make sure people and tell your viewers don’t take any action against this guy, if you see him call us, so we can stop and ascertain the facts. I don’t want anyone to hurt this guy, detain him or go after. Let us do that and get the facts, if there is anything to prosecute we will.”
One woman was outside St. James High School who was there looking for sand bags to protect her home in Murrell’s Inlet and said she’s seen the Facebook posts about the man selling sand bags and delivering them.
“It really angers me because I live like a half mile from the Waccamaw river and water is already coming up and I just need to protect my home, so from here I guess I’m going to take a drive and see if I can find them anywhere else,” said Victoria Capizzi. “That’s getting also the most vulnerable, because he’s willing to deliver them and there are seniors that can’t really handle the bags and he is really preying on them as well, it’s really sad and I think something should be done.”
The Georgetown County Sheriff’s office also is aware of this and posted a similar post on their Facebook page, but said in order to move forward they need official reports from victims and ask anyone with evidence relating to criminal activity to call them.
“I came here to hopefully get some sand bags to protect my house and before I left, I checked on social media because I heard they had them, and then I saw a post about a gentleman taking a lot of them here and then selling them for like 6 dollars a bag, and then selling them throughout the area.”
Police are asking anyone who may have interacted with this person to call the HCPD at (843) 251-3643 or (843) 248-1520.