Elvis impersonator helps police arrest shoplifting suspect

October 14, 2013 

DAVID CHANEY MUSIC

— A Myrtle Beach Elvis impersonator helped police catch a suspect Friday after a reported shoplifting incident.

David Chaney, who performs as Elvis around Myrtle Beach, said he and his wife went to the Food Lion near 62nd Avenue North and North Kings Highway to drop shopping bags in the recycling bin when employees came out running saying a man had stolen something.

Chaney, who was not dressed as Elvis at the time, said he saw a man get into a green Chrysler and planned to call police to report the car description and license plate. The car didn’t have any tags, so Chaney began following the car while on the phone with a 911 operator, he said.

Chaney said he followed the car to Little River Road where it eventually pulled into a mobile home park.

“I wasn’t really concerned about following them,” Chaney said. “Once I saw that they knew we were following, that’s when I said we’ve got to go.”

By that time police had arrived, Chaney said.

“We didn’t do anything heroic, we just followed them and called police,” Chaney said.

Following a car believed to be involved in a crime isn’t necessarily something police suggest, said Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes.

Police arrested a woman and are looking for a man accused of shoplifting.

Tiffany Welch Freeman, 33, of Georgetown is charged with receiving stolen goods. She was held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

According to the incident report, the man fled south on Little River Road and was not located by police. The woman stayed in the vehicle.

Police called the man who said he would meet with the officer, the incident report said. It’s not clear if the man met with police. The man had not been arrested Monday afternoon.

The two are accused of taking $375 worth of goods including three bags of dog food and a case of Bud Light from the Food Lion at 6103 North Kings Highway.

“Certainly law enforcement appreciates the help when possible,” Knipes said of Chaney’s effort. Knipes added that witnesses, such as Chaney need to consider their own safety first.

“All I was trying to do was keep them within eye shot,” Chaney said. “Those people at the Food Lion are like our friends. We shop there all the time. When I see my friends out like that I’m not just going to sit back.”

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