Burglary suspect arrested, claims he was stabbed

Joshua Wenger (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Joshua Wenger (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - Police say a burglary suspect from an incident in a Carolina Forest neighborhood now faces more charges.

Police originally responded to a possible stabbing in the Carolina Forest area near the end of June, and discovered a man reportedly involved in a break-in posing as a victim.

When officers arrived at the home on the 6000 block of Quinn Road Tuesday morning, a man was lying outside the home covered in blood, holding a towel on his left arm.

The incident report says one female bystander tried to call police and then found an off-duty officer across the street that helped apply pressure to the open wound. Neither that woman nor the officer could guess what had happened or why the man was there.

When questioned about what had happened, the man gave his name and age and said he couldn't answer much more because he was having trouble breathing. He said he didn't not cut himself, and when asked, responded affirmatively that he had been stabbed but did not know who had stabbed him.

EMS responded to tend to the man, who had lost a lot of blood. Following the trail of blood led officers to a home on Ronaldsby Court, and subsequently those officers learned someone had reported a burglary from a nearby address, claiming the individual who had burglarized their home busted a window.

The trail of blood officers were following led directly to the window in the home that was reportedly burglarized.

Officers stated in the report that based on the suspect's wounds and blood on the window sill, it appears that the window was broken from the outside in an effort to enter the home.

The suspect was taken to the hospital to recover from his injuries before charges were filed.

Sgt. Robert Kegler says 20-year-old Joshua Lane Wenger of Conway, was taken into custody Saturday and charged with enter/attempt to enter house or vessel without breaking with intent to steal. Wenger's bond was set at $15,000.

Wenger now also faces charges of receiving stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretenses, in connection with another burglary in the Walkers Woods neighborhood.

Detectives with the Horry County Police Department say they were able to recover a piece of jewelry that belonged to a homeowner from Louie's Pawn Shop in Myrtle Beach.  Police say pawn shop records showed Wenger had pawned the jewelry. The owner of that jewelry, Walkers Woods resident Eileen Davis, says she was happy to get that piece of jewelry, a ring, back. But now she only hopes they can recover a family heirloom ring that belonged to her grandmother.

"[The burglary] left a lot of scars on me," Davis said. "I think about it all the time.  I think about that one ring I can never get back."

Police say Wenger could possibly be connected to several other related crimes, and they are currently checking in with other pawn shops in the area to see if Wenger pawned any other stolen items.  Detectives say Wenger, to this point, has chosen not cooperate with authorities.

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