SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Residents in Surfside Beach are wondering how they can prevent themselves from being the next victims as police still search for the suspect in a July 10 car break-in.
Carolyn Mitchell has lived in Surfside Beach part-time for 15 years and she struggled to remember the last time a crime occurred in her neighborhood.
"I think one time we had a problem with our golf carts. They'd steal the golf carts around here, but the law enforcement was always real helpful and they'd help us find it," she said. This time police are looking for the suspect and car involved in a break-in right down the street from Mitchell's home.
Despite the close proximity of the crime, Mitchell still feels safe around her home.
"No I'm not worried about it at all around here. I haven't been and I hope I don't have to," she said.
Not everyone who lives nearby feels the same way and some are quite unnerved by the news of the break-in.
"This is actually the first big thing that I've heard about break-ins and stuff since I've been here and it kinda makes you wonder now. Kinda scares me a little bit you know [I'm] gonna have a baby soon," said Alicia Seymour of Surfside Beach.
Seymour says she's always careful when leaving her car unattended and she'll continue to do so if it keeps her from being a victim of a crime.
"Just double check. Lock my doors. Make sure I have most of my belongings. I always take my purse in with me and never leave it in the car. And just make sure you take the main stuff with you and just double check on your locks," she said.
Police now have pictures of the car they think the suspect may have been driving when she used a stolen ATM card to take money out of the victim's account a few days after the break-in. Officers describe it as a cream or white colored four door sedan, possibly a Nissan.
Anyone with information that could help solve the crime is urged to call police at 843-913-6368.