Three to be charged with Sunset Beach thefts

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

SUNSET BEACH—Charges are pending against three South Carolina residents in connection with two break-ins and thefts reported in March in Sea Trail.


Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said Tuesday detective Woody Dunn is going to charge the suspects with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny related to the incidents reported March 7 and March 8 at a Sea Trail restaurant and real estate office.

The three suspects are identified as Leslie Ann Hunt, 32, of 401 Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Jerry Andrew Reinhardt, 49, of 304 4th Apt. 2, Murrells Inlet, S.C.; and Edward Ostrom, 39, of 400 Chester St. Apt. 422, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Last week, the three were charged by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives for breaking-and-entering incidents that occurred sometime between March 4 and 5 at the Thistle Golf Club clubhouse near Calabash.

A 65-inch flat-screen TV, two 32-inch flat-screen TVs and a “large amount” of liquor were reported stolen from the business.

They were each charged with one count of felony breaking and entering, one count of larceny after breaking and entering and one count of felony injury to property in connection with incidents at the Thistle.

The Brunswick County South End Task Force broke the case with assistance from the Horry County, S.C., Police Department.

The three are in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County. Hunt and Ostrom are currently awaiting trial in Horry County on similar charges, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office press release issued April 16.

The Sunset Beach incidents occurred sometime overnight between March 6 and March 7, when someone broke into the Sea Trail Convention Center, damaging doors in the process. Two LCD TVs, five bottles of alcohol and Gatorade were stolen from Magnolia’s Restaurant, Smith said.

On March 8, a break-in was reported at the Sea Trail Real Estate office after someone broke in through a window. Two Dell laptop computers valued at $7,300 total were reported stolen.

In other recent Sunset Beach incidents:

•Police are investigating damage to real property reported Monday, April 19.

•Someone used an unknown object to break a sliding glass door at the Sandpiper Bay guard shack.

•Larceny of money was reported Sunday, April 18, at the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier.