MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - There are more than 22,000 wanted criminals in the Horry County system - these folks could be people you pass on the street every day, even your neighbor.
In fact, some don't even know they have a warrant out for their arrest. That's why we've teamed up with the Horry County Sheriff's Office to show you who they are and to help get them off the streets.
Lieutenant Steve Cox combed through a list of criminals in Horry County, wanted for everything from traffic-related incidents to assault and battery, or worse. He provided information on two offenders this week.
Among them is 56-year-old Brent Egan Dotson, a white male who is described as 5-feet-9-inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes. He's wanted for failure to appear for a lewd sexual act committed on a child under the age of 16.
"In 30 years, I've seen a lot," Lieutenant Cox said. "Anything that involves a child sticks out pretty hard in your mind."
Dotson's last known address was on Homestown Road in Myrtle Beach, but he could be anywhere.
Cox said these guys sometimes try to blend in with tourist and the transient populations along Ocean Boulevard. Some leave the state, and depending upon the severity of the crime, the Solicitor's Office will grant them access to chase them down.
More often than not, they re-offend, Cox said, and that's when they mess up and get caught.
Statistics show if you are a criminal, you don't just commit one crime, just like our next "Most Wanted," Thomas Brandon Crudo. He's managed to rack up a list of charges in his short 20 years of life.
In August of 2011 he was arrested for selling marijuana to DEU agents. Today, he's wanted by the Horry County Sheriff's Office for First-Degree Burglary.
"If you know you have a warrant against you, the best thing to do is give us a call," Cox said. "We will schedule to turn yourself in and get you bonded out as quick as possible."
Last year, the Horry County Sheriff's Office received more than 7,000 warrants, and they were able to serve more than half. They credit the hard work to their deputies and the information from victims and the public.
With 22,000 wanted men and women on the streets, what puts them on the "Most Wanted" list?
Two things: Cox said it's easier to find someone when the case is fresh, and also, the severity of the crime plays a factor.
About 85 percent of the cases worked by the sheriff's office are related to traffic incidents. That doesn't mean the offenders aren't dangerous, though.
Cox said it really depends upon the circumstances in the case.
Every week we will bring you more criminals to be on the lookout for, and as the weeks go by, we will update you on who has been caught.
You can also text "WANTED" to 84300 to have each week's "Most Wanted" texted directly to your mobile phone.