Urine samples stolen from drug court were waiting for testing

29-year-old Charlie Dennis Altman (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
29-year-old Charlie Dennis Altman (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
21-year-old Benjamin Frederick (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
21-year-old Benjamin Frederick (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) Police are working to determine why a large bin of urine samples were stolen during the burglary of the Solicitor's Intervention Office.

Catina Hipp, spokesperson for the Conway Police Department, says officers responded to a reported burglary at the Solicitor's Intervention Office on Laurel Street in Conway on April 24. Employees reported noticing the rear door had been forced open when they got in to work that morning, and the building had been locked at 7:30 p.m. the previous night.

A search of the building revealed that a bin containing urine samples to be sent for testing was missing.

Hipp says 21-year-old Benjamin Frederick was arrested and charged with second degree burglary and criminal conspiracy in connection with the burglary of the Solicitor's Intervention Office.

Frederick was charged on April 30 and appeared in a bond hearing May 1. He is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Hipp added that authorities have sought warrants for 29-year-old Charlie Dennis Altman of Myrtle Beach for second degree burglary and criminal conspiracy in this crime.

Horry County Public Index records show that Altman pleaded guilty to felony financial crimes in January, and was sentenced to drug court. Records also show that Frederick pleaded guilty to forgery charges, resulting in his sentencing to drug court.

Assistant Solicitor Jimmy Richardson tells WMBF News that drug court requires drug testing several days a week, but results from those tests are not immediately available. Participants in drug court avoid a prison sentence if they complete the program, Richardson said.

The drug tests are stored in the drug court until they are sent to a lab, and those vials stolen during the burglary were waiting to be tested, said Coordinator of the Horry County Drug Court Candy DeBusk.

So far, police cannot confirm if a sample belonging to Altman or Frederick were in the stolen bin.

Anyone with information about this incident and/or the whereabouts of Altman is asked to contact the Conway Police Department.

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