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Police find 'blunt' after woman reports purse stolen from abandoned hotel

Jamie Bertha Halas. Source: Myrtle Beach Police Jamie Bertha Halas. Source: Myrtle Beach Police

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A woman who reported to police that her purse had been stolen from a room at an abandoned hotel was arrested for trespassing and possession of marijuana when officers searched her and found a “blunt,” according to a Myrtle Beach Police report.

At about 8 p.m. Thursday, Jamie Bertha Halas told police she went into a room at the Emerald Shores in the 400 block of North Ocean Boulevard and placed her belongings there, the report states. She said she left, and when she came back, her purse was missing. She told police she thought the purse was stolen by two people also staying at the motel.

On further investigation, Halas told police that it was not actually stolen, but it was in the room.

The police report notes that the Emerald Shores is an abandoned property with “no trespassing” signs posted and a fence surrounding it. Officers informed Halas she had been trespassing.

At the point, Halas “became very loud and irritated with the officers and began to shout several curse words.” She continued to repeatedly shout and curse, the report states, loudly enough that there were “multiple people on the sidewalks in the area, in the beach access and on the balconies of the Bay View that could hear the offender being profane," the report states.

Halas was placed under arrest, and when officers searched her, they found a “blunt” containing a green leafy substance in Halas’ purse, the report states. The substance field-tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. The purse also contained three blunt wraps, some tin foil, and a lighter.

Halas was charged with possession of marijuana, trespassing, and disorderly conduct, and booked into the Myrtle Beach Jail. Bond was set at $1,144.

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