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MBPD: Man arrested for drugs, public drinking caught on video damaging hotel property same night

Ernest Evans, Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department Ernest Evans, Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A man arrested for drugs and public drinking is also the suspect in an early morning vandalism Wednesday morning, according to the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Officers said in their police report 25-year-old Ernest Evans was caught drinking beer off Joe White Avenue next to a dumpster just after 7:30 a.m.. He was ticketed for drinking in public. The arresting officer also found and seized a "green leafy substance" in Evans's backpack. It tested positive for marijuana, and Evans was also charged with possession of drugs.

While making the arrests, the officer heard Evans mention he had been locked out of his room at the Aquarius Motel.

At 8 a.m., an employee at the motel called police for an overnight vandalism, the door to the office was shattered. Surveillance footage showed around 5:45 a.m. a white male with a backpack and skateboard approaching the door. the suspect banged on the door with a closed fist a few times, then left. 

The officer watched the footage and identified Evans as the suspect in the vandalism.

Police issued a warrant for Evans's arrest for vandalism, which was served to him at the Myrtle Beach jail.

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