Suspect Search: Thief wanted for stealing from a home, another accused of trying to take a surveillance camera

Horry County Suspect Search - Dec. 20

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - They left to go camping and when they came back home, they found out they were missing thousands of dollars worth of items, including several guns and a flat-screen TV.

Plus, another man is charged with trying to steal a surveillance camera from a store.

Matthew Phillips (Horry County Police Dept.)
Matthew Phillips (Horry County Police Dept.)

First up is Matthew Scott Phillips. In October 2017, Horry County police said they responded to a home in Loris regarding a burglary. The family said they were out of town on a camping trip and when they returned they noticed many items in the home were gone.

Those items included five guns, a Playstation Three, a Wii, a Nintendo, a 55-inch flat-screen TV, about $700 worth of coins, a gas tank from a boat, and a bike. Authorities believe Phillips, 41, is the culprit. He’s charged with grand larceny of $10,000 or more and first-degree burglary.

Phillips' last known address is on Red Bluff Road in Loris.

Richard Fleisch Jr. (Horry County Police Dept.)
Richard Fleisch Jr. (Horry County Police Dept.)

Horry County police are also looking for 36-year-old Richard John Fleisch Jr. Detectives said he shoplifted from the Walmart off of Myrtle Ridge Road in the Conway area.

Loss prevention employees said they were watching surveillance video and came across Fleisch, who they are familiar with. They said he removed Pop Tarts from a box, put them on a shelf, then removed a surveillance camera from its container and put it in the Pop Tart box.

They said he then went to self check-out and and paid for the Pop Tart box that contained the camera and tried to exit the store. Those employees confronted Fleish, took back the merchandise and the suspect ran out of the store. He’s charged with shoplifting. His last known address is on S.C. 544 in Conway.

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