Man charged after early-morning break-in at Socastee High School

Man charged after early-morning break-in at Socastee High School
Anthony John Minerva (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A man is in custody after allegedly breaking into Socastee High School early Wednesday morning.

According to information from the Horry County Police Department, Anthony John Minerva is charged with second-degree burglary and breaking into a motor vehicle, tanks and pumps where fuel, lubricants are stored.

An online post from the school stated the suspect entered the building by breaking a window at about 3:00 a.m. and attempted to steal money from the school’s vending machines, which were damaged. The school alarm sounded, and the suspect was apprehended by police. Law enforcement was on campus Wednesday morning out of an abundance of caution.

According to an incident report from the Horry County Police Department, when police arrived at Socastee High, they found the school’s front glass had been shattered and there was a blood trail leading inside. No one was found inside the building.

Police also discovered the driver’s education vehicle had its front and rear driver’s side windows smashed with a large piece of concrete, the report stated.

Authorities accessed the school’s video surveillance system and were reportedly able to obtain a clear picture of the suspect.

The suspect has no affiliation with the school or students, according to the post.

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