On July 22, four people forced their way into a home in North Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, while the resident was sleeping. The thieves made the home occupant lie down on the floor, while they ransacked the house, looking for money, credit cards, and weapons. They left with two flat-screen TVs, five guns, a Wii gaming system, and several cases of beer and cigarettes.
Sounds classic, right? Not so fast.
Five days later, the North Myrtle Beach (NC) Public Safety Department was already searching for the four suspects, who had been identified by name — Kristy Merritt Rich, Randy Eugene Melvin II, Nicholas Adam Melvin and Daniel Gene Autry,
On July 29, two of the four — Nicholas Adam Melvin and Daniel Gene Autry — were arrested.
The other two — Kristy Merritt Rich and Randy Eugene Melvin II — are still at large.
Why not so classic? Quick identification of perpetrators — not to mention fast arrest — is not characteristic of a classic home invasion. Theft of five guns is not so classic either. Flat screen TVs and a gaming system are favored items to steal. Beer and cigarettes, not so much.
As suggested in item six of our July 27 post “More Home Invasion Prevention Tips,” self-defense expert Sammy Franco advises that we study these crimes critically to familiarize ourselves with certain patterns and likelihoods. That’s why Home Invasion News says this one isn’t classic.
What do you think?