MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – There is only one way in or out of the Azaela Lakes apartment complex, and that one way wasn't enough to keep thieves from ransacking the parking Friday morning.
Residents said the thieves broke into 18 cars in the usually quiet neighborhood.
"That's the first I've ever heard of any problems in this area," said Jay Amanta, 10 year resident.
Amanta returned from Charleston Friday morning and found something he had never seen in his long time living there.
"They had cops here all day yesterday, asking questions and running around," Amanta said.
Amanta's downstairs neighbor was one of the 18 people who apparently had their car broken into.
The man asked not to be on camera but said the thieves left his car a mess.
"They had a couple broken windows; his car was basically damaged completely on the inside," Amanta said.
On top of ripping up his dashboard, the thieves stole the man's mp3 player, sunglasses and cash.
They also tore up some family photos while searching the glove compartment and center consol.
Amanta said the thieves even ripped off the top of one convertible to get inside.
He said the most surprising thing about the whole incident is no one saw or heard anything.
"There are people always running around, that's why I was very surprised when I heard anything," Amanta said.
While residents believe the act was random, they do say they will have to keep a closer watch on the community from now on. That way they won't wake up to anymore surprises.