LORIS, SC (WMBF) – A man posed as a law enforcement officer to get inside a Loris home Monday night; once inside, he and his two accomplices put bags over the heads of the residents, and then stole money and prescription drugs from a safe, according to officials.
Horry County Police responded to a report of a home invasion on Rhonda Court in Loris at about 10:30 p.m. Monday, according to Lt. Raul Denis. The police found two of the victims in handcuffs, but the officer's handcuff key did not unlock them. Another officer used bolt cutters to remove the handcuffs.
The victims told police that a man wearing a black tactical vest knocked on her door and said he was looking for a woman because she had warrants for her arrest. The resident told the suspect he could come inside to verify that the woman was not home.
Once inside the home, the suspect pulled out a pistol, yelled for everyone to get on ground, handcuffed two of the victims, and placed bags on their heads, according to the report. He then forced the other victim at gunpoint to open the safe, and took an unknown amount of cash and pills. He also took the victim's gold necklace, purse, driver's license and social security card.
The first suspect was described as a white male with sandy blonde hair, about 5-feet-11-inches tall. He was wearing dark blue pants and a black tactical vest, according to the report. The other suspect was described as a white male, about 5-feet-4-inches tall, wearing a mask and gray/black camouflage pants. The third suspect could not be described, because the victims' faces were covered.
The suspects were thought to be driving a tan, diesel-powered, long-bed truck.
"Although police believe the home invasion in Loris last night was an isolated incident directed at a specific target, we wish to alert the public that in most cases Horry County Police will have a marked patrol car and/or uniformed police officers present when conducting such police warrant services or searches to avoid any confusion," Lt. Denis stated.