HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Officers with the Horry County Police Department were dispatched to Hudson's Flea Market in Surfside Sunday, in reference to a shoplifter who was in custody by Surfside Beach Police. Police later discovered the suspect escaped prison June 23, 1986, in North Carolina, according to a police report.
The owner of the flea market said upon his investigation the suspect selected, concealed, and walked away with a jewelry item from the victim without paying for the item.
The suspect then met with another vendor who purchased the said stolen item, which was recovered. The suspect denied taking the item and didn't have a state ID, reports say.
Police said the suspect provided his information, which came back as wanted out of a North Carolina prison.
James Edward Coe, 71, was convicted of receiving stolen goods and was projected to be released November 15, 1989, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
Coe is being held at J Reuben Long Detention Center, no bond is set at this time.