Reported vehicle thefts in Horry Co. surge over holiday weekend

Myrtle Beach, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Thousands of vehicles made their way to the Grand Strand for Memorial Day Weekend, but according to law enforcement officials across Horry County, a number of cars and bikes didn't return home with their owners.

Myrtle Beach Police say between Friday and Monday, 20 vehicles were reported stolen in various downtown locations. Vehicles reported stolen ranged from motorcycles to pick-up truck and trailers.

"I think it's a shame. I think something should be done about it, if there is anything that can be done," Larry Pollard said, whose motorcycle was stolen two years ago during the Atlantic Beach Bikefest.

Police reports show most of the thefts occurred at hotel parking lots along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.

The following is a full list of reported vehicles stolen in Myrtle Beach:

MAY 29  

  • 1997 Red Kawasaki ZX-9: Reported stolen from 14th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard
  • 2002 Suzuki motorcycle: Reported stolen from 2207 S. Ocean Blvd.
  • 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle: Reported stolen from 201 75th Ave. N.
  • 1987 Chevrolet Caprice: Reported stolen from Withers Drive
  • 2006 Honda: Reported stolen from a beach access on 26th Avenue North
  • 2006 Kawasaki Wayfarer: Reported stolen from 1320 Celebrity Cir.
  • 2002 Chevrolet pick-up truck: Reported stolen from 201 North Ocean Boulevard
  • 1983 Chevrolet Caprice: Reported stolen from 1404 N. Ocean Blvd.
  • 2000 Dodge SUV: Reported stolen from 19th Avenue North
MAY 30
  • 1995 Chevrolet Caprice: Reported stolen from Withers Drive
  • 1987 Chevrolet Caprice: Reported stolen from 10th Avenue North
  • 1996 Mercury Marquis: Reported stolem from 1410 N. Kings Hwy.
  • 1993 Chevrolet Tahoe: Reported stolen from 215 77th Ave. N.
  • 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle: Reported stolen from 7200 N. Ocean Blvd.
  • 2005 motorcycle: Reported stolen from 2920 Hollywood Cir.
  • 1991 Chevrolet Caprice: Reported stolen from 1561 21st Ave. N.
  • 1975 Cadillac Deville: Reported stolen from 301 N. Ocean Blvd.
  • 2004 Land Rover SUV: Reported stolen from 201 S. Ocean Blvd.
  • A trailer reported stolen from 806 S. Ocean Blvd.
MAY 31
  • 1999 Ford F-350: Reported stolen from 701 N. Ocean Blvd.

Officers with the Myrtle Beach Police Department say this time of crime happens each year around the start of summer. Investigators believe the thefts are usually the work of organized groups located in and out of South Carolina, who sometimes sell the parts to chop shops.

While the number may seem high in Myrtle Beach, in North Myrtle Beach the amount of reported thefts grew. North Myrtle Beach spokeswoman Nicole Aiello says from Thursday to Monday, a total of 39 vehicles were stolen.

Horry County Police responded to 13 motor vehicle theft reports between Saturday and Monday.

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