SBPD makes arrest in string of burglaries

William Jones (Source: SBPD)
William Jones (Source: SBPD)

From the Surfside Beach Police Department

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC Officers from the Surfside Beach Police Department arrested a suspect late Tuesday night as they caught him fleeing from a burglary at a beachfront residence in the 300 block of North Ocean Boulevard.

The arrest stemmed from a special investigation designed to combat a series of similar break-ins in Surfside Beach, southern Horry County, and northern Georgetown County.

SBPD arrested William David Jones, 31 of, Murrells Inlet, SC and charged him with two counts of burglary in the first degree, two counts of damage to real property, possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen goods, and larceny.

Jones appeared in Municipal Court today for a bond hearing, although a Circuit Court Judge must set the bonds attendant to the Burglary charges due to their severity.

SBPD investigators also recovered two flat screen televisions during the arrest. SBPD, along with other area agencies, had staffed special details to address the break-ins over the past two weeks.

After the arrest investigators immediately coordinated with the detailed investigators from the Horry County Police Department and the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, who both joined the investigation. Additional charges are likely from other jurisdictions. SBPD also plans to lodge additional charges against Jones later in the week.

Investigators from all three agencies worked together all day Wednesday to continue to piece together the details of the investigation, which appears to have uncovered a burglary ring involving several additional suspects.

The Surfside Beach Police Department is offering a cash reward to any person who provides information leading to the arrest of the additional suspects. Please contact Detective Sergeant Matt Prock at 913-6349.