Horry County daycare owner on edge following three thefts in two weeks

Daycare Parking Lot Crime

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - An Horry County daycare owner and her clients are worried following two thefts in two weeks in front of the daycare.

The owner/director of Kidzone Day Care, Julie Boggess, says a woman stole a purse out of an unlocked car when a mother was dropping her child.

According to a police report from Horry County Police Department, officers were called to the day care on McCormick Road around 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 3.

The report says a woman pulled in front of the day care to drop off her child and got out of the car, leaving the vehicle unlocked when she took her child inside.

An unknown white female in a black car pulled up behind the victims vehicle, got out and walked to the drivers side of the car, opened the door and took the victims purse.

(SOURCE: HCPD)
(SOURCE: HCPD)

The unknown female left the scene in the black car heading down McCormick Road towards Forest Brook.

Boggess provided WMBF News with the security footage from the second incident that happened Jan. 14 around 6:30 a.m.

In a second police report from HCPD it is said that the same incident occured for a second time as it had on Jan. 3.

The second victim told officers she went into the daycare to drop off her son, leaving the doors unlocked to her car. When the victim returned back to her vehicle, she noticed her purse was missing and she called her daughter to make sure she did not leave the purse at home.

The victim had the daycare look at surveillance video and observed a white female walking up to her vehicle, opening the door and taking the victims purse.

The suspect then got into a silver or gold in color newer model SUV. The victims purse was taken along with children(s) social security cards and a drivers permit, the report says.

"You get comfortable,” Boggess said. “You know you're just dropping off for a second. It's only going to be less than a minute."

But that was enough time for the alleged thief to take the items.

Boggess says she feels violated.

"That's not okay,” she said. “It's angering when it comes and happens on our property and our comfort zone."

The police report says later on Jan. 14, the same female went to another daycare in the same area and took another purse from a car. Then she went to the CVS on Myrtle Ridge Drive and was seen on camera.

The incidents have caused Boggess to take precautions.

"We hung signs up on our doors that say please lock your car,” she said.

She says the parents are also on high alert.

"They definitely are more aware and paying closer attention and locking their car," she said.

Boggess is hoping whoever is responsible is held accountable.

"Hopefully she's arrested,” she said. “Hopefully we can get the word out there that we're not safe. We have to lock and keep our items secure and do the best to be vigilant."

WMBF News is choosing to blur the woman’s face in the video since Horry County Police have not officially confirmed they are searching for the woman.

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