Investigators make arrest in burglary ring spanning 2 counties

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have arrested a 31-year-old Murrells Inlet man suspected of being a part of a burglary ring spanning two counties.

The Surfside Beach Police Department arrested William David Jones Tuesday night as he was fleeing from a burglary at a beachfront residence in the 300 block of North Ocean Boulevard, police say.

Authorities say Jones is suspected to be involved in a burglary ring involving break-ins in northern Georgetown County, Horry County and Surfside Beach.  Jones' arrest stemmed from a special investigation designed to combat a series of similar break-ins in the three areas.

SBPD investigators also recovered two flat screen televisions during the arrest.

Jones was charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of damage to real property, possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen goods and larceny.

Investigators are coordinating with the Horry County Police Department and the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, who both joined the investigation. Police say additional charges are likely from other jurisdictions with the SBPD planning to lodge additional charges against Jones later in the week.

Investigators say they are continuing to piece together the details of the investigation which appears to have uncovered a burglary ring involving several additional suspects.

The Surfside Beach Police Department is offering a cash reward to any person who provides
information leading to the arrest of the additional suspects. If you have any information you are asked to call Detective Sgt. Matt Prock at 913-6349.

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