NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) North Myrtle Beach officials returned several stolen items to their owners after police arrested two men on multiple burglary charges.
According to Pat Dowling, spokesman for the City of North Myrtle Beach, the Department of Public Safety arrested Clifton Bradford Hill, Jr. and Darrell Allen Emrich after they discovered more than $5,000 worth of stolen goods in their possession.
Hill and Emrich each face four counts of first degree burglary, one count of second degree burglary, five counts of larceny, and five counts of malicious injury. In addition, Hill faces one count of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The string of burglaries happened near 16th Avenue North and police say the duo hit mainly vacation rentals.
Dowling says Hill and Emrich have been connected to seven burglary cases for the month of May. Authorities recovered $5,300 worth of stolen goods and most of the stolen merchandise has been recovered and returned to victims.
Detectives say evidence at the scene of one crime linked them to a suspect, who led them to an accomplice.
Recovered items included small electronics, TVs, bedding and artwork.
Employees with Century 21 Thomas called police after a pool cleaner reporter a break in at one of the company's rental properties.
Director of Owner Services Steve Clemmons went to the house while police were still on scene.
"I'm tickled to death that they caught them. It's very frustrating for us. We're trying to take care of these people's property and to call and have to tell them they've been broken into. That's not pleasant," said Clemmons.
Neighbors say they're relieved police have solved these cases.
"I don't think there's any excuse for this kind of stuff, especially when you come and tear up somebody's property and steal," said David Dresner.