Monday, 18 July 2011
Tip leads to
arrest of bouncer at Broadway at the Beach
One man is in jail
after Myrtle Beach Police received a tip from a Pennsylvania
state trooper that an alleged burglary suspect was living in the
Myrtle Beach area.
approached the suspect, James Charles Meininger, Saturday night
at Froggy Bottomz nightclub at Broadway at the Beach, where he
worked as a bouncer. He is now in police custody and is awaiting
extradition back to Pennsylvania.
"It definitely makes
me think twice about going there," says Jordan Sherer, who is
visiting Myrtle Beach from Greenville. "I don't want to go to a
bar where somebody could have who knows what kind of record."
Froggy Bottomz is
operated by Celebrations, who also owns three other Broadway at
the Beach nightspots. They say they always perform background
checks on their employees, but did not know about this warrant.
"If a business runs
a criminal background check, and something happens after that,
then the employer won't see that at all," says attorney Kirk
Truslow. He says background checks are generally pretty
thorough, and any type of criminal record is easily accessible.
And while Meininger
sits in jail, there's a catch. If Pennsylvania authorities don't
get to Myrtle Beach in an allotted amount of time, police here
can no longer detain Meininger. Kirk says this does happen on
occasion, because extradition can be expensive. But in this
case, he believes police will come.
"If they're actively
searching for him in South Carolina, common sense would tell you
they want him. They want to bring him back," explains Kirk.