Ash man charged after app tracks stolen iPad

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

SUNSET BEACH — An iPad tracking device helped local police find stolen goods taken during a spate of car break-ins on the Sunset Beach island this past weekend.

Thefts occurred overnight Aug. 2-3 from four unlocked motor vehicles parked between the 1300 and 1500 blocks of East Main Street and the 1300 block of East Canal Drive, Sunset Beach Police Detective Joe Smith said.

Stolen were $80 in cash, two radar detectors, two pairs of sunglasses and an iPad.

Joe said the iPad’s owner and Sunset Beach police officer Jerry Gurganus used a “Track My iPhone” app to locate the iPad.

Smith then used the information to chase down a suspect Sunday morning at a Market Express store on S.C. 9 in Longs, S.C.

With assistance from the Horry County, S.C., Police Department, Andrew Wayne White, 27, of 8302 Horseshoe Road, Ash, was arrested.

White was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C., on Aug. 4 on charges of receiving stolen goods less than $2,000, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

White also faces charges pending in Sunset Beach, Smith said.

Police recovered the iPad, a radar detector and pair of sunglasses and returned them to the owners. The cash, another radar detector and another pair of sunglasses are still missing.

At Monday night’s Sunset Beach Town Council meeting, Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey said seven cars were broken into on the island this past Friday night and reiterated that a suspect is in custody.

She advised people to lock their cars and not leave valuables to tempt would-be thieves.


Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.