MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - With video from a driveway surveillance camera, a resident of the Dunes Cove community witnessed his own car get broken into the night before.
The victim described the man breaking into his car as an older man, small in stature. Another reported incident describes a man, also of small stature, snooping around vehicles in a driveway around 5:30 am. Cops were called to search the area, but nothing was found. And in yet another incident over the course of a week, a brand new vacuum cleaner was stolen from a parked car, also in Dunes Cove.
Al Newton has lived in the area for over 20 years. He says these incidents can be scary, but are not surprising. In the time he's lived in Dunes Cove, Newton has heard from neighbors about several strings of car break-ins that seem to come in waves. Newton says, "We're near the highway here, and people are walking sometimes. They just happen to wander into this area. One time, we had about 6 or 7 in one week. It was the same perpetrators. But that stopped. And then we have them at random, once in a while."
Newton and other residents said the neighborhood's strong email network has made it easy to alert each other of crime and create some a sense of safety. Newton says the neighborhood has had community discussions with law enforcement on how to deal with these break-ins.
Police say to leave lights on at night when you are out for long periods of time and to not hesitate reporting any suspicious activity.