Burglary crew goes after Waffle Houses
OAKWOOD, GA. — Gwinnett County police say they are looking for four people who have been orchestrating elaborate burglaries at Waffle House restaurants.
They have cost Waffle House restaurants more than $7,000 since May. One restaurant was hit in Duluth, another in Loganville, and two in Oakwood.
Cpl. Jake Smith told WSB-TV that one thief walks in and goes directly to the men’s room. Then either two women or a man and a woman enter the dining room and sit as close as they can to the restroom and manager’s office. They create distractions, such as playing music from the jukebox. Meanwhile, the man in the restroom cuts a hole in the ceiling and climbs through to the manager’s office and gets in the safe.
Strong currents blamed in 2 deaths
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Authorities say two North Carolina men died on July Fourth while swimming at North Myrtle Beach on a day when about 100 people had to be rescued because of strong rip currents.
Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard identified one of those killed as Mark Baucom, 50, of Polkton, N.C. She says he died Thursday evening of asphyxiation caused by drowning while being treated at a hospital.
Richard Butler, 57, of Laurinburg, N.C., died earlier Thursday. Willard said his cause of death hasn’t been determined because of his extensive medical condition.
Officials reported 98 people were rescued Thursday after people got caught in rip currents.
Folly Beach calmer after alcohol ban
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. — On the one-year anniversary of the decision to ban alcohol from the beach at Folly Beach, officials say fewer people are coming to the area, but those who do are better behaved.
Mayor Tim Goodwin told the Post and Courier of Charleston that the city has been seeing “more polite, behaved visitors.”
Public Safety Chief Dennis Brown said eight alcohol citations were written on Folly Beach this July Fourth. Two people were arrested.
Last year, about 3,000 to 4,000 college-age beachgoers from tour buses essentially caused a riot. Seven people were arrested, while four officers and a deputy were injured.