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Moped thefts on the rise in Myrtle Beach

Source: Raycom Media Source: Raycom Media

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - When the weather gets warmer and temperatures rise along the Grand Strand, so does crime. Police say there are criminals who come to Myrtle Beach to prey on tourists.

Over the weekend, two mopeds were parked overnight at a motel on Ocean Boulevard and stolen, according to a police report.

Wayfarer Motel surveillance caught the reported crime on video. The police report said the video shows a suspect taking one of the mopeds from the motel parking lot at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, and coming back to steal the second 15 minutes later.

According to police records, there were 311 moped thefts in 2014 compared to 44 motorcycles and 156 regular vehicles. Both mopeds in the weekend case belonged to Go Fast Motorsports, a local scooter store downtown. The business couldn't be reached, but other moped companies told WMBF News its contract outlines customer responsibility to pay for the moped if it is stolen while rented.

Police say sometimes they find the stolen mopeds abandoned in parking lots or during routine traffic stops

Many times they don't find them at all.

"One, the mopeds were for parts. So, the moped is taken apart and the various parts are sold either on the internet or on the streets. And then also they could be taken and shipped to another location and used at another business. "

Police say whether it's a car, motorcycle, moped or even a bicycle, keep it locked or locked onto something to make it difficult and inconvenient for criminals to steal it, even if you'll only be away for five minutes.

The more difficult you make it for criminals, the more likely they are to leave it alone.

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