Home invasion includes fake cop

By DEUCE NIVEN

    Pretending to be police gained three men access to a Loris area home Monday night, where they handcuffed two men and forced an elderly woman to open a safe before tying her hands, Lt. Raul Denis of the Horry County Police Department said Tuesday.
    No one was injured, and the robbers got away with an undisclosed amount of money and medications from the safe, an HCPD report said.
    Police responding to a home on Rhonda Court, southeast of Loris, at about 10:30 p.m. Monday found two men on the floor in handcuffs, a 74-year-old woman on the phone with dispatchers, Lt. Denis said in a news release.
    Two more men entered the home, and they forced the elderly woman at gunpoint to a safe, where they stole cash and prescription medications, the report said.
    Victims could provide descriptions for only two of the three robbers, Lt. Denis said. Both were white men, one five-feet 11-inches tall with sandy blond hair, dark blue pants and a black tactical vest; the other five-feet four-inches tall wearing a mask and gray/black camouflage pants.

Specific target
    Police do not believe the public is at risk, and instead believe the home invasion “was an isolated incident directed at a specific target,” Denis said. “We wish to alert the public that in most cases Horry County Police will have a marked patrol car and/or uniformed police officers present when conducting such police warrant services or searches to avoid any confusion.”
    Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Horry County Police Department at 843-248-1520 or the Tip Line at (843) 915-8477 (915-TIPS).
    For more on this story see Wednesday’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.

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