MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Myrtle Beach Police need help solving a cold case involving the burglary of more than $50,000 from a popular tourist attraction.
More than $50,000 in cash was taken in the middle of the night, and detectives are calling it one of the largest burglaries they've seen. But the mystery behind who took that cash, still unsolved after seven months.
"This door right here, which is fortunately bricked up so no one can make entrance, was kicked in; [The suspects] made their way down this small section of the hallway, went right to this door," said Myrtle Beach Police Detective Mike Quinn. "The guys who did this were experienced, and they either had help from someone on the inside or they had extensive knowledge of where that cash was."
Surveillance video from July 31, 2011 shows what the two masked men did next. The duo breaks through the second door and heads straight to a money room where they break though yet another door, then straight to the safe.
"They pushed stuff aside that they didn't need and went straight to the cash. It even appears like they tried the code on the safe at one point," said Quinn. "[The robbery] was just too calculated not to have some internal knowledge here."
Quinn says the $50k cash price is one of the largest burglaries he's ever seen. Cash stored after a busy weekend, taken by thieves who almost got busted in the act when officers went to check on an alarm signal.
"Something tampered the alarm when they attempted to cut power. We sent an officer to check it out, but since they'd come in from the back, and we didn't have keys, all the gates appeared locked from our side, so we left," Quinn told WMBF News Anchor Michael Maely. "And when do [the suspects] go back to work," asked Maely? "Just about an hour later they go for the safe," said Quinn. "It's very brazen."
"We believe that you're only seeing two people in the video, but I believe there was a third person," predicts Quinn. "If you look closely at the video, you can see there's use of a walkie-talkie. Likely speaking to someone outside who was keeping watch."
A lookout from on top of the building maybe, where police would find a ladder the next morning.
The video shows the thieves were cautious of cameras. When one suspect spots one of the cameras near the safe, his face already covered, he still covers his eyes, and goes back to get a crowbar to take out the camera.
"Is it scary to you that this type of criminal is still out there," asked Maely.
"Well, It's frustrating," admits Quinn. "Maybe not scary. They're gonna do things at night, and hopefully never put a decent citizen in harm's way."
Detectives say they've not ruled out anyone, talking to current and past employees, people who may have been fired, or had a bad relationship with the park. Now they're hoping one of the criminals brags to friends or gets upset.
"Maybe someone didn't get their share or something, and is now ready to come forward or hopefully someone who has a guilty conscience who may know about this, and give us the information we need," suggests Quinn.
Myrtle Waves organizers are offering a $1,000 reward for info. Leading to an arrest in this case, and you can report tips anonymously by calling Myrtle Beach Police at 843-918-1382.