Report: Suspect spends over 5 hours in beach shop after breaking in

Source: Myrtle Beach Police
Source: Myrtle Beach Police

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – According to police, a man was caught on surveillance camera breaking into a Myrtle Beach store, spending over five hours inside trying on merchandise and making phone calls, and then leaving with cash and property.

At about 10 a.m. Monday, the owner of a beach shop on Ocean Boulevard arrived and discovered the iPod that plays music at the store was missing, according to a Myrtle Beach Police Department report. He also found that the store's two laptops were missing, as was $400 in cash from the registers.

The in-store surveillance footage shows a man coming through the front door of the store at about 1 a.m. and leaving at 6:25 a.m., according to the report. During his time in the store, the suspect walked around, tried on a mask, and walked over to the mirror to see how it looked. He also picked up a sword from the same area as the masks, and made several phone calls from the store phone.

The report states that the suspect is seen using a paper towel when handling the cash registers to hide any fingerprints. Police took photos of the suspect from the surveillance footage. The numbers called by the suspect were retrieved from Time Warner, but no records were found.

The police report describes the suspect as a younger light-skinned black male, wearing a light-colored hoodie under a dark, possibly leather, jacket. He was also wearing light pants and white sneakers.

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