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Liquor store owner holds burglar in store until police arrive, report states

Kion Marquis Thorton. (Source: MBPD) Kion Marquis Thorton. (Source: MBPD)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – An man was detained inside a Myrtle Beach liquor store by the owner until police arrived after he tried to rob it early Monday morning, according to a Myrtle Beach Police report.

Officers responded to the store in the 500 block of Kings Highway shortly after midnight Monday to find the store owner holding down the suspect, who was later identified as 23-year-old Kion Marquis Thorton, according to the police report. The window on the front door had been smashed out, and Thorton told police he was intoxicated and just fell into the door.

The officer spoke to the store owner, who said he heard the window break while he was sleeping in the apartment in the rear of the building, the report states. The owner then confronted Thorton, asking him what he was doing in his store. The owner said Thorton told him to give him all the money, and he reached for his lower back. The owner then told Thorton to get out of the store, and he then tried to push the owner away. That’s when a fight broke out between them. The owner said that he “boxed him up” and held Thorton on the ground until officers arrived.

"The light was off and I just came in to see what was going on - I was shocked to see him in front of me, and he was like - demanded money - 'Give me your money or I do this,'" owner Mike Zora recounted. "And then he tried to attack me, I attacked him back, and he was on the floor - called the police, the police came, they took that guy and that's it. But the police did a great job, they were there in four minutes."

Officers reviewed security camera footage, which showed Thorton putting on a hood before punching the front door of the store, then kicking it until the glass broke, the report states.

Officer saw that Thorton was “slightly impaired,” and placed him under arrest for public intoxication before contacting a detective. He was later booked into the Myrtle Beach Jail on a charge of second-degree burglary.

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