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Smile! Camera catches B&E suspect in the act

Source: HCPD Source: HCPD
Source: HCPD Source: HCPD

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Police may have a better idea of who's behind a massive string of car break-ins in Socastee, all thanks to a homeowner's well-placed surveillance camera.

"This guy walks up the driveway, as if he owns the place," says Cimmeron Plantation homeowner Sandi Curry. "It's just a matter of seconds, he tries to open the truck, then he moves on."

Curry and her husband caught the suspect trying to open the door to their pickup truck parked in their driveway. They believe he's the culprit behind 25 break-ins in their area.

"Twenty-five is very excessive," said Horry County Police Sgt. Robert Kegler. "It was over a short span, not 25 in three weeks, but 25 just like that. It's definitely an issue."

Horry County Police are increasing the visibility of their patrols in the Socastee area to prevent more break-ins. Officers hope these images will lead to an identification, thanks to unique tattoos on the suspect's arms and neck, plus distinguishing clothing.

"I love his pink backpack!" Curry exclaimed. "He was in a baseball cap and also what looked like gym shorts."

Anyone with information concerning the identity of the suspect is asked to contact detectives at 915-5350. You may also call 915-TIPS if you wish to remain anonymous.

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