July 23, 2021

At approximately 1:48 a.m. today, Palmetto Dunes Security received a 911 hang-up call. In response, the dispatcher returned the call and determined that the caller observed someone entering their vehicle on Cat Boat. Three Palmetto Dunes patrol officers responded and were on the scene in approximately three minutes. It was then determined that the victim observed three males (unknown race and wearing all black clothing) who appeared to be involved in the incident. According to the victim, who was a short-term renter, all three subjects fled on foot towards Mooring Buoy just prior to the arrival of the officers. The officers canvassed the area and requested assistance from Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO).

A Palmetto Dunes patrol officer then observed one person who appeared suspicious while outside of a home on Mooring Buoy near Cat Boat and requested the Beaufort County deputies to respond. Upon their arrival, a Ford truck drove by the residence and was occupied by three black males who were wearing black clothing. Upon seeing the deputies, the vehicle fled and BCSO gave chase. The vehicle ultimately crashed in the Shelter Cove area and one person was apprehended. It was then determined that the Ford truck was stolen from a residence on Dinghy and was owned by a short-term rental guest. According to the victim, the keys to the truck were in a separate vehicle at the property that was left unlocked.

As a reminder, please make sure that you always lock your vehicles and do not leave valuables in sight. In particular, please do not leave firearms in vehicles, as they may be used in other crimes.

Should any additional information become available, we will update you as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chief Jim Griner at or by calling (843) 785-1120.