A man told a deputy he was a victim of fraud over a vehicle exchange. The man, who lives in Horry County, said back in June he made a verbal agreement with the suspect to trade vehicles. He gave the suspect his 1999 Ford F-250 plus $2,000 for the suspect's 2011 Nissan Titan. The exchange happened at a bank in Murrells Inlet in Georgetown County.
Upon meeting the suspect at the bank, the man said, the suspect said he needed another $1,250 on top of the $2,000 to be able to clear the title with his lender. The man had a check cashed from the bank and gave the suspect $3,250 and his Ford. He took the Nissan Titan thinking it was a fair trade.
The victim obtained a 45-day plate for the Nissan using the bill of sale signed by the suspect. By mid-October, the suspect still hadn't given the man a clear title for the Nissan. The man said the suspect came to his home with a bill of sale for the Nissan made out to another person.
The victim asked where his title was and how the suspect could've sold the Nissan to someone else. The suspect said he had to do another bill of sale in order to get another 45-day plate for the Nissan, adding the title was still not cleared and had not been sent by the bank. The victim told the suspect it was illegal to do another bill of sale. He said he wanted his clear title for the Nissan or he wanted his money and Ford back.
At the time he spoke with the deputy in early December, the victim had not seen or heard from the suspect since the October meeting. He told the deputy he later found out the suspect had totaled the Ford in a wreck and that a title-loan business in Myrtle Beach was trying to repossess the Nissan and had the title to the vehicle.
A victim's form was completed.
A deputy responded to a report of a vehicle stolen from the parking lot of a bar in Murrells Inlet. The deputy went to the bar and called the victim, who lives in Surfside Beach. The victim said she last saw her car, a Volkswagon Eos, at the bar around 2 a.m. that morning before she left in an Uber. She said an employee of the bar told her the car was missing around 12:30 p.m. She said she'd lost her car keys at the bar.
She provided a description of the vehicle and said she may have a possible suspect in mind. She said a man had recently made threats toward her and that he is a routine patron of the bar. She said the man was at the bar last night. After she realized her keys were missing, she said, she saw what appeared to be her keys in the man's hand. She confronted the man, but he refused to show her the keys. But, she said, the man also offered to pay for a locksmith.
The bar owner said the hard drive for the security cameras was taken as evidence for a previous case with the Sheriff's Office.
A victim's form was filled out.
Compiled by David Purtell from reports from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.