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Caught on camera: car break-ins and suspected thief

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A suspected criminal is caught on camera, allegedly walking through a neighborhood and stealing straight
from people as they sleep.

Now, those neighbors are taking to social media in hopes that someone in the online community can recognize the suspect.

The car break-ins seem centered around Tree Circle. in Deerfield Plantation. People living there believe someone, who doesn't live there, is coming into the area and rifling through vehicles.

Surveillance video was given to WMBF News by a family living on Tree Circle. The
homeowner said early last week, as his family was sleeping,
the man seen in the video got into the family’s jeep.

He believes the unknown man grabbed the garage door opener and was able to get inside of the garage, taking expensive equipment.

The homeowner said he took weed eater and leaf blower, anything, the
owner pointed out, that was portable and pricey.

He also pointed out you can see the man in the reflection of the vehicle removing the property and setting it on the ground. He believes the suspect then walked across
the street to try to break into the neighbors’ vehicles.

A report filed with the Horry County Police Department shows the officer tried to track down the items through local pawn shops. So far, no luck.

The homeowner isn't waiting for another strike. The reason he has surveillance cameras in the first place was because a similar incident occurred nearly two years ago,
the very night he and his wife brought their newborn son home from the hospital.

With those cameras in place, he took the clear images and posted them on Facebook, hoping to catch the alleged criminal.

Other neighbors said this isn't the first break-in in the area. Just doors down from where the footage was filmed, another home was hit twice. However, those homeowners
said the suspect didn't try to get into the vehicle, but onto the property by attempting to break down a screen window and through the fence.

Neighbors point out the POA has already put things into place to deter crime.

A chain blocks off a path into the woods as an attempt to reduce the number of people coming into the neighborhood.

In addition, neighbors notice more streetlights in the area.

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