MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach police are investigating several reports of car break-ins where the thieves smashed through windows to get what they wanted.
According to the reports, the vehicle break-ins happened in the middle of the day on Sunday and in busy areas where people were out spending their Mother’s Day.
Three of the vehicle break-ins occurred at Broadway at the Beach.
In one instance, the victim told officers she was on vacation. She came out to her vehicle just before 5 p.m. and noticed the front passenger window was cracked and damaged and the back window was shattered. Several items were missing including a CPAP machine, iPhone, laptop and a purse. Officers attempted to look at cameras at Broadway but were unsuccessful in seeing the break-in.
Police were also called to Capt. George’s restaurant on 29th Avenue North where three employees had their vehicles broken into, according to police reports.
The vehicle windows were shattered, and items were stolen.
Officers and the manager of the Capt. George’s reviewed video surveillance of the parking lot. They said they observed three vehicles pull into the parking lot around the time of the break-ins. One was a white BMW with a paper tag, one was a black Buick with tinted windows and chrome rims and one was a silver, four-door sedan. All three vehicles followed each other to the rear parking lot and then multiple doors open on each vehicle and approach the victim’s vehicles that were parked next to each other, according to the police report.
Police also responded to vehicle car break-ins at Coastal Grand Mall and the 1100 block of Oak Forest Lane, where suspects broke the windows and stole from the vehicle.
Myrtle Beach Police Cpl. Tom Vest said investigators are looking into the incidents but it’s too early to confirm if all the cases are linked.