GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Georgetown deputies say a surveillance image released late Monday afternoon is not a suspect in a credit card theft incident after all.
The Georgetown Sheriff's Office alerted media outlets at 6:40 p.m. previously released images were not the suspect after they determined the timestamp shown on the surveillance video was incorrect.
The sheriff's office released the following statement Monday night:
"The individual of interest was placed on Facebook and sent to the media for possible identification. The individual was identified and determined not to be the perpetrator of the crime. It was not the intent of the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office to cause any duress or harm to the individual depicted in the photographs. Based on the information obtained pursuant to issuance of the photographs, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office would like to apologize to the individual. They are not involved in this event at all."
Authorities are continuing to search for the person responsible for stealing a credit card at a women's clothing store on Pawleys Island and using it at a gas station.
Officials with the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office say the incident happened on April 21 when someone entered the rear door of the Taz Boutique on 11270 Ocean Highway and removed a wallet from the store.
According to GCSO officials, the suspect then traveled to Kangaroo Express on 49 Blackgun Road and completed a credit card transaction with a stolen credit card.
Anyone who can assist in identifying the suspect or has any information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office at 843-546-5101.
Anonymous tips can also be sent by using Text-A-Tip. Just dial 274637 from any text enabled cell phone, and text the word "GCSOTIP" followed by your message.