Suspect Search: Stealing leads to a high-speed chase; another suspect’s tattoo may be his downfall

Suspect Search: Stealing leads to a high-speed chase; another suspect’s tattoo may be his downfall

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A high-speed chase for one suspect, and a neck tattoo that may have helped police nab a second. Here are this week’s suspects.

James Eldred Buffkin (Source: Horry County Police Dept.)
James Eldred Buffkin (Source: Horry County Police Dept.)

Horry County police are trying to track down James Eldred Buffkin. Earlier this month authorities responded to the Walmart at 10820 Kings Road in Myrtle Beach regarding a shoplifting.

The loss prevention officer told police they watched Buffkin take and conceal several items, then leave the store and get into his car.

Police parked right behind him and turned on their blue lights, at which point they say Buffkin took off and the chase was on through several streets. The suspect allegedly ran lights and drove at high rates of speed.

That chase was called off but Buffkin eventually ran out of gas and was apprehended by police, but he failed to show up to court.

He’s charged with shoplifting, failure to stop for a blue light and driving under suspension. Buffkin is 69 years old and has a last known address of Grainger Road in Nichols.

Shane Michael Kelly (Source: Horry County Police Dept.)
Shane Michael Kelly (Source: Horry County Police Dept.)

Police are also looking for Shane Michael Kelly. Authorities responded to The Home Depot at 12262 U.S. 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet regarding a theft.

The loss prevention officer showed police surveillance video of the suspect, thought to be Kelly, walking to the hardware section and walking out of the store with two roofing nailers before entering his vehicle.

That vehicle’s license tag led authorities to Kelly and the loss prevention officer was able to identify him and match his name to a previous similar incident at that store.

The suspect’s neck tattoo was a match in both photos. Kelly is charged with two counts of shoplifting and failure to appear for burglary in the second degree. He’s 44 years old, with a last known address of Yaupon Drive in Myrtle Beach.

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