MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Within two hours, multiple businesses were burglarized early Monday morning.
Police are still investigating and cannot confirm they are all connected. However, businesses affected believe there are too many coincidences for them not to be.
The manager at Seafood World provided surveillance video to WMBF news showing the burglars disabling the outside cameras before breaking into the side door. They then broke into the office, stealing the safe.
Later that evening, the safe was found behind the Dairy Queen when police responded to a break in there.
"The alarm went off, it was about 2 minutes before someone got here, and they were already gone," says Remy Elshaer, the owner of the Dairy Queen burglarized.
Elshaer says the burglars broke into the front door and were able to get away with all the money in the office, and a couple of hundred dollars from the cash registers, which according to the police report was $9,450 in cash.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Bass was down the road assessing damages in his business, Huffman Helicopters.
"While they were in there they found the safe, found the cash box which was empty. They found a pilot's tip bag, but they left in such a hurry they dropped that bag which had some money in it, about a couple hundred dollars."
The police report for that crime notes that a microwave from the exterior of the snack bar was used to shatter a window and gain entry.
The business owners say the burglars caused more money in damages than in what they were able to steal. Business owners have been able to fix the damages and are operating normal business hours.
The dispatch website for Myrtle Beach Police and Fire listed six calls for burglaries to businesses between 4:15 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Monday, all occurring along Kings Highway between 21st Avenue South and 67th Avenue North.
A clear description of the suspects was unavailable. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Myrtle Beach Police Department.