Horry County, S.C., police and at least one RV dealer are seeking help from area residents in finding out who is responsible for dozens of electronic thefts from new recreational vehicles, according to the Myrtle Beach Sun-News.
At least 20 RVs have been burglarized this month with electronics such as large flat-panel televisions and DVD players reported stolen from the vehicles, Horry County police Sgt. Robert Kegler said. Police have seized items at the scene of some of the burglaries and are testing them for fingerprints, he said.
“It causes a lot more damage and there are a lot more high dollar items taken,” Kegler said. Residents should “be very wary if you find someone with a deal on a flat-screen TV and report it to Horry County police.”
George Cunningham with Carolina RV said he’s had 18 flat-screen TVs stolen from his business in the past month and he knows of other RV dealers in Horry County who have experienced the same type of occurrence.
Cunningham has stopped installing televisions and other electronics in his RVs for sale out of fear they will be stolen, he said.
Officers were called March 12 to Camper Country on South Kings Highway in Surfside Beach where they learned a camper had been broken into, Kegler said. Two flat-screen televisions and a DVD player were stolen, and there also was about $5,000 in damage to the camper.
Officers were called Sunday to Camper Country on Dick Pond Road in Surfside Beach for more burglaries, Kegler said. Several campers were broken into on the property at the time and electronics stolen along with thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, Kegler said.