Myrtle Beach and The Palmetto State’s kookiest crimes

For Weekly SurgeMay 7, 2014 

A Little More Sophisticated Than “Is Your Refrigerator Running?”

We can’t help but picture Bart Simpson trying this one out on Moe Szyslak.

Conway police have advised residents to be wary of callers who are posing as officers or federal agents. The crank is these pranksters are telling those on the other line that they’ve got enough evidence to arrest them, unless they pay a fine via wire transfer or money order, according to a press release.

Others have complained the callers have said there are family members in jail and a money transfer is needed to bail them out.

Conway police have advised the community that no officer will make a personal phone call to demand money in return for dropping charges. We thought that was common sense, and sincerely hope everyone else knows that as well.

Sadly, there’s probably at least one poor soul out there who has taken this scam hook, line and sinker.

Speaking of Stupid Pranks …

… we recommend not committing them while you’re already locked up. Especially if it involves a bomb threat.

Veda Sue Blevins was charged on May 1 with two counts of threatening the life of a person or family of a public official, one count of intimidation of court officials, jurors or witnesses and one count of making a bomb threat, according to a press release from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

While an inmate at Columbia’s Graham Correctional Institution for Women, Blevins allegedly mailed a letter to the Florence County Public Defender’s Office in January. In this letter, the inmate threatened to kill all the public defenders by putting a bomb in the building, according to the arrest warrant.

Law enforcement reportedly got a confession out of Blevins. If convicted of all the charges, she could face up to 30 years in prison.

We’re guessing she won’t be needing the services of the Florence County Public Defender’s Office when mounting her defense.

Smoke Em’ If You Got Em’

And it sounds like this guy definitely has ‘em.

At 1:21 a.m. on May 1, Myrtle Beach police responded to a break-in at a convenience store in the 2400 block of North Kings Highway. Broken glass was discovered when law enforcement arrived on scene, according to the incident report.

After watching surveillance footage, police saw that a man broke into the store, was in there for all of about 30 seconds and came out carrying nothing but $342 worth of Newport cigarettes, the report stated.

Police issued a “be on the lookout” for the suspect.

We’ll be on the lookout to see if there is a rash of Newports being smoked in school parking lots by underage students.

The Written Test Is Hard Enough

We guess these two will be trying to get in with a carpool group.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arrested Ariel Guerra and Kelly Medina on May 5 and charged them with illegally trying to obtain a license from the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, according to a press release.

Both face one count of offering, giving, soliciting or receiving anything of value to influence the action of a public employee, member or official. This is a felony that carries with it up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

These two might want to invest in new bicycles.

Funny Money

So, if you had the right amount of cash in the first place, why not just use it?

Myrtle Beach police received a complaint of someone passing a counterfeit $50 bill in the early-morning hours of May 4 at a convenience store on Third Avenue South.

The suspect had $39 worth of food to pay for, at which point he gave the cashier the fake money. The clerk told the man the fifty wasn’t real, so he then paid with real cash and left the store, according to the report.

Police weren’t able to get surveillance footage right away, as a store manager was not on duty to provide it, the report stated. The funny money was placed into evidence.

We suppose the gentleman could have been just as in the dark that he was in possession of fake cash. But that makes the story a little less funny.

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