SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Surfside Beach Police arrested a suspect Thursday wanted in several thefts in the Surfside Beach, Horry County, and Georgetown County areas after the suspect ditched a truck on the beach and fled on foot on Monday, according to Surfside Beach Police Chief Rodney Keziah. The suspect appeared at a hearing Friday afternoon where bond was denied.
Adam Corbett Morris, 34, of Georgetown, was arrested and charged with a string of burglaries and thefts that occurred recently after investigators located a stolen vehicle being used by Morris Thursday morning on South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, Chief Keziah stated in a news release. Morris was arrested with the help of Myrtle Beach Police officers and taken into custody without incident.
Morris has been charged by SBPD with vehicle larceny, second-degree burglary, receiving stolen goods, operating a vehicle on the beach, possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, fail to stop for blue light and siren, and obtaining goods under false pretense. Several of these charges stem from the incident on Monday, when Morris allegedly drove a stolen truck onto the beach in Surfside Beach, then fled on foot before police could apprehend him.
"I was sitting here and then I saw this red truck come up the beach pretty fast swerving through, obviously, the people," said Stephanie Hall, who was on the beach at the time. "Stopped here and he got out and ran."
Lt. Kenneth Hofmann said a red Chevy Silverado was reportedly associated with the thefts. Surfside Beach police saw the truck while out patrolling and tried to pull the driver over on Melody Lane near Highway 17.
The driver didn't stop for police and started driving east toward the beach, Lt. Hofmann said. The driver then drove onto the beach through the Melody Lane beach access.
"I heard the sirens back here on the street," said Mike Hayner. "I didn't know where they were coming from then a red Chevrolet pick up came down the access road, kept going and picking up speed. People up the beach were picking up their children and getting everybody clear."
At that point, Lt. Hofmann said police had to stop the chase because it would be dangerous for people on the beach.
"I ran out in front of him and went over and grabbed a hold of my granddaughter, so she wouldn't run out in front of him because he would've killed somebody up through here," Vickie Snyder said.
Police proceeded down the beach slowly until they found the red Chevy Silverado stopped near the 10th Ave South beach access with the keys inside, but no driver, he said.
Police set up a perimeter in the area of 10th Ave South and used a K-9 unit to track the driver's scent, which police pursued for some time, but they were unable to locate him, Lt. Hofmann said.
Police said that truck is listed as stolen out of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Morris was also wanted by several other jurisdictions, with more charges pending, Chief Keziah stated. Morris is currently being held pending a bond hearing.
"This is a prime example of agencies working together to arrest this individual. I commend all officers and agencies involved in this investigation for their dedication and professionalism," Chief Keziah added.