Myrtle Beach and the Palmetto State’s kookiest crimes

For Weekly SurgeJune 17, 2014 

The House Didn’t Win

This guy was one letter shy of having a career in the nudie magazine business.

Richland County resident Larry Flynn was charged by a federal grand jury with operating an illegal gambling business and conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to a press release from the South Carolina district of the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Flynn is accused of operating the gambling business “Magic Minutes.” If convicted, he could receive up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

“Magic Minutes” sounds less like a gambling business and more like a seedy house of ill repute. Hey, maybe he should change his name to Flynt.

Maybe It Wasn’t A Happy Marriage?

This tragic story is composed of nearly every cliché from crime dramas such as “Law and Order,” or movie thrillers. Yet, sadly, this isn’t a work of a fiction

Tabor City, N.C. resident Sandy Lee Locklear was convicted on June 13 for the double homicide of her husband and stepson, according to a press release from the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s office.

Locklear was sentenced to two concurrent life sentences without the possibility of parole.

On Aug. 19, the victims were attacked in their home, held down against their will and shot in the back of the head by two intruders, the release stated.

Locklear was found at the scene of the crime, and told police she was raped and beaten by the two men as her family was killed. But as the investigation continued, the real story came to light.

Locklear was actually the main suspect and her motive was to get at her husband’s million-dollar life insurance policy, the release stated.

The two intruders were Tabor City residents hired by Locklear to kill her husband and stepson. She promised them a cut of the money from the policy.

Both men are incarcerated in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, where charges are pending.

Marge Gunderson in “Fargo” said it best: “And for what? A little bit of money. There’s more to life than a little bit of money, you know.”

Fairly Shabby

We’re guessing the owner is feeling far from not too shabby about this.

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding the man who reportedly robbed the Not 2 Shabby store on May 2, according to a press release.

The robber allegedly pulled a gun on the store manager and demanded money. He then took off with an undisclosed amount of cash, the release stated.

No one was hurt during the robbery.

We suspect the robber has been feeling not too shabby with the extra cash lining his pockets that he stole. But once the long arm of the law catches up to him, not too shabby won’t be a feeling in his repertoire anymore.

Just Being A Man?

This sounds like the behavior of a 1950s drunk guy who isn’t happy that his wife burned the meatloaf.

Myrtle Beach police responded to a home in the 400 block of 28th Avenue North in reference to an open 911 call where shouting and banging things around could be heard, according to the incident report.

The incident allegedly started between a couple because she accused him of texting another girl. The man told police he started throwing things around the house to stop from hitting her, the report stated.

According to the woman, her boyfriend put his hand on her throat. A witness who saw the incident corroborated her story, the report stated.

The man was arrested for criminal domestic violence. And it was on his way to jail that he reportedly uttered a true piece of 21st century wisdom: that if a woman puts her hands on you, a man can put his hands on her.

Yep, we’re pretty sure that only would apply if a man and a woman started rounding the bases, if you know what we mean.

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