Suspect charged in seven MB burglaries

Steven Spencer (Source: MBPD)
Steven Spencer (Source: MBPD)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Officers in Myrtle Beach have charged a 23-year-old man in connection to seven burglaries that took place over the course of four days.

The first burglary was reported to have occurred around 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening in the 100 block of White Haven Court. A police report stated a victim told officers he was sitting in his room on his laptop when an unknown white male walked right into his room and said "What's up?"

When the victim asked the suspect who he was, the suspect reportedly fled the scene out of a back door in an unknown direction.

The victim later found a Toshiba laptop missing, but the charger was still in the wall.

On Monday, officers responded to the 400 block of Chesterfield Court around 11 a.m. after a victim found a rear window of her home broken.

The victim said she left her home around 8 a.m. and returned at 9:30 a.m., when she noticed the window broken. At that time, she went to a bedroom and found several items scattered across the floor.

Another victim told police her jewelry box had been opened and her prescription medication was missing.

An XBOX 360 as well as several games were reported missing.

Later that evening, officers responded to the 600 block of Moore Street for another burglary call. There, they met with a victim who said she found the window of the kitchen door broken and several items missing, including a laptop computer, XBOX 360 and a storage container holding about $70 in quarters.

The fourth burglary was reported in the 300 block of 24th Avenue South around 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. According to a police report, officers were alerted of an alarm going off in the home. Once they arrived on scene, officers found several lights on inside the home and some drawers were open in the master bedroom.

Officers said it looked as though someone had thrown a brick through the front window and reached inside to unlock the window. The suspect then entered the kitchen through the window.

The victim arrived on scene and told police he had been away on a business trip and just returned from the airport. The only thing he reported was stolen was a black Compaq notebook computer.

No suspects were found on scene.

Several hours later on Tuesday night, officers were dispatched to the 300 block of 23rd Avenue South after another burglary was reported. When officers spoke with the victims, they said they were both woken up by the sound of a door slamming.

Neither victim saw the suspect.

The report stated a panel of glass next to the front door had been smashed and the suspect then reached in and unlocked the front door. Officers then determined the suspect entered the bedroom and saw one of the victims. Realizing someone was inside the house, the suspect fled the scene and nothing was taken.

A sixth burglary was reported along the 2100 block of Sanibel Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, in the same area of the first burglary. Officers met with a witness who said he lived across the street and heard a loud crashing noise.

The witness told officers he looked outside his window and saw a white male in his 20s with a thin build, standing about 5'7" on the corner of Yaupon Drive and Sanibel Court holding a TV on his shoulder. According to the witness, the suspect then walked in the direction of the Sea Banks Motel.

Officers checked the home and noticed a brick was thrown through the glass on the back door. It looked as though the suspect broke the window and reached in to unlock the door. In the master bedroom, officers located a dresser that appeared to have been moved. They then noticed a cable wire sticking out from behind the dresser.

Other TVs throughout the home were not disturbed, the report said.

As officers were investigating that burglary, they came across a seventh burglary crime scene, just doors down from the other one on Sanibel Court. There, officers discovered the screen of a rear window torn away from the window frame and the window smashed.

Inside the home, a piece of concrete was found on the floor. Officers then found the front door to the home ajar. After making contact with the victim by telephone, officers were able to search the home for anything that might have been stolen.

It was then determined that a TV was also stolen from the home.

Moments later, another officer reported to have a suspect matching the description detained. Officers took the witness to the suspect's location for an identification, and the witness was able to positively identify the 23-year-old suspect as the one he saw with the TV.

Officers then searched a room at the Sea Banks Motel after the registered tenant gave consent. According to the tenant, the offender did not live with him and they had recently been introduced. He told officers when the suspect arrived at the hotel, he did not have a TV with him. Later, when the tenant took a nap, he said he woke up and there was a TV on the dresser and he didn't know where it came from.

The victim of the sixth burglary on Sanibel Court called officers and told them every TV in the home was a Toshiba and she was able to provide officers with a model number as well as a receipt for the TV that was stolen. The make and model of the TV found in the hotel did match the ones provided by the victim, the report said.

Tuesday evening, officers in Myrtle Beach arrested the suspect, identified as Steven Robert Spencer, 23, of Myrtle Beach. Spencer is now facing seven counts of burglary in connection to each of the crimes and remains incarcerated at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center at this time with no bond.

Additionally, Lt. Doug Furlong with the Myrtle Beach Police Department told WMBF News MBPD has investigated 30 burglaries in city limits in 2012. In 2011, officers investigated 157 total burglaries.

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