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RV Resort Manager Arrested for Stealing Almost $1 Million from Campground

RV Resort Manager Arrested for Stealing Almost $1 Million from Campground

When researching your next RV trip, you probably aren’t expecting to find a headline “resort manager arrested for stealing.” 

However, this is precisely what RVers looking for campsites in South Carolina found this week. Crazy, right? 

Keep reading to learn more about the arrest and how much the manager stole. We’ll also tell you about the campground and help you stay safe for your next camping trip.

Let’s go!

RV Resort Manager Arrested for Stealing

Carolina Pines RV Resort manager 52-year-old Troy Bittner was arrested and accused of stealing more than $867,000. 

Although Bittner managed the resort, it operates under Sun Communities. The arrest happened seven days after someone reported embezzlement to the Horry County police. 

The Theft Accusations:

Bittner removed over $80,000 from the company safe and used it for personal use. This theft was captured on video. He also refunded company funds to his personal credit cards.

Bittner is now under house arrest and facing two theft charges for over $200,000. 

This theft isn’t the first time the park has had legal issues. In 2021, North Myrtle Beach filed a lawsuit against Carolina Pines RV Resort for improper use of a cabana house in Tilghman Beach. 

About Carolina Pines RV Resort and Sun Outdoors

Carolina Pines RV Resort is full of amenities, including pools, mini-golf, bowling, water park, bar, and restaurant, to name a few. The resort is in Conway, South Carolina, 20 minutes from Myrtle Beach. 

Carolina Pines had its Grand Opening Event on October 22, 2019, and has around 800 gravel and paved campsites. All sites have water, electricity, sewer, cable, free WiFi, picnic tables, and fire rings. 

Sun Outdoors, formerly Sun RV Resorts, is part of Sun Communities, Inc., which buys, operates, develops, and expands RV parks and manufactured home communities. They own RV sites in over 142 locations across the US and Canada, including Carolina Pines RV Resort. 

In addition to Sun Outdoors, they also own brands such as Sun Retreats, Sun Resorts & Residences, Sun Uncharted, and partner with Jellystone Parks. 

What About Me? Is It Safe to Leave My Campsite Unattended?

Most RV park employees are stand-up citizens and often fellow RVers. If you feel you’re being scammed or ripped off, talk with the manager or your credit card company. Although nothing in life is 100%, it’s generally safe to leave your camp unattended, especially if you follow our tips. 

Find Out About Park Thefts

Before booking a campsite anywhere, make sure you check reviews. If there has been a problem with theft, someone will share it in the reviews of the park. You can also do an online search for the campground or RV park and thefts. 

Security Measures at the Park

You may also feel more comfortable staying somewhere with security personnel and gated entry. If a park has it, they’ll mention it on their website. Of course, if you find a place without a website, make sure to call and ask. Never assume they have either security or locking gates.

Ask management if they do background checks for parks that allow long-term residents. Some parks require these checks for campers staying longer than a month, but others do not.

Anti-Theft Gear to Keep Your Camping Gear Safe

You can add anti-theft gear to your RV. Many video monitoring systems let you see what’s going on in and around your RV at all times. Some even allow you to communicate with anyone approaching your RV, even when you’re away.

Your RV comes with locks, but changing them out may help keep your home on wheels even more secure. Use locks for your trailer hitch or steering wheel locks for your motorhome. 

If you really want to keep your RV from moving without you, use Tire Boot Locks. These might not be a good solution for those of you that move often, though. 

Keep it Simple!

Don’t forget the basics for preventing theft! Keep the lights on inside your RV when you leave, lock your doors, and hide your valuables. Bring things inside every night and when you leave your campsite. It’s easy for someone to just walk away with anything you store outside that’s unsecured.

Camping Can Be Safe

Yes, a resort manager was arrested for stealing, but this is not the norm! Most campground stays are full of safe fun and a lifetime of memories. That being said, always use your best judgment and protect yourself. 

How do you keep yourself and your belongings safe while camping? Let us know in the comments!

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FrankA

Sunday 23rd of January 2022

We are presently snow birding at Carolina Pines RV Resort and loving every minute of it, we heard about this through some other Campers and were shocked,every employee we have met here has been friendly and helpful in make your stay safe and comfortable. This is our first time here and plan on coming back again.

Richard Regnell

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Being in this Biz for 20+ yrs upper mngmt dropped the ball. there are too many checkpoints that are in place. I believe there is more inside people on this deal..

Ku'ulei Paleafei

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Great articles thanks for the heads up on RV parks

Michelle Marshall

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

He only got his hands slapped & then grounded to home ??? I think that is CHILDISH! HE IS NOT A CHILD!!! Who are the real fools in this article?

prepperjon

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

He must have done most of it in a short period of time because otherwise someone would definitely have to notice. The article mentioned that someone actually reported what he was doing so obviously he wasn’t being very slick about it. I once worked at a place as an electrician, there were about 8 or 9 journeyman plus an apprentice for each of them. There was always more than enough work considering they had contracts with the city, the school district and several housing developers. And yet we would have a meeting every two weeks and in that meeting the woman who was the receptionist/secretary and did the accounts receivable and payable plus payroll would tell us about how we needed to keep costs down any way we could and then she would tell us how to do just that. Apparently the business was not showing much of a margin when it came to profit. Well one day we come to work and find out that she had been arrested for embezzling over $80,000 in each of the previous 5 years! She was forging bills and “paying” suppliers that didn’t exist, she even had a box full of those ink stamps that businesses use to stamp bills and receipts and stuff so it all looked legitimate lol. The owner had to hire a special team of forensic accountants to go over all the books without her knowing in order to figure out what she was doing and gather evidence against her. In the end she served zero days in jail and had nothing appear on her record not even the arrest. What she did have was a type of garnishment on her wages from her new job that her new employer knew nothing about because it was set up through the bank. Her pay check was deposited electronically and thats when the garnishment came out. Also, she had a couple of fancy cars and two condos that were sold and the money given to the owner of our shop. Anyways, there was more to it than that but I still can’t get over the fact that at every meeting she would explain to us where we needed to cut costs and how we needed to get our act together so the company would make a profit! lol. Part of what made it suck even more than usual was our boss was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life. He genuinely cared about each and every one of us, he knew the names of all our wives and children plus their birthdays and always sent a personal birthday card. He went out of his way to make sure we were always paid better than average wages for electricians and that we had affordable health care coverage back in a time when that wasn’t required. He found out my sons were raising money to go on a missions trip during their school holiday so he had them come every Saturday to wash all the work trucks at $10 each and he supplied everything they needed to do the work. He was just an amazing person and an incredible boss so to see him get taken advantage of like that made our blood boil. Sorry for the long comment, I kind of got lost in remembering the good old days. I took one look at this guy and wondered who the heck was dumb enough to hire him lol. Of course now I’m thinking this might be a good time to apply for a job! lol. I think I’ll pass I like being in the Pacific Northwest to much! I could never leave here and go somewhere else. We have literally millions of acres of public lands that are completely free to boon-dock in. Since you are supposed to stay in one place for only 14 days then move it actually works out pretty good. I plan everything out so I have enough food and water and other stuff to go the entire 14 days without leaving my spot. Then I pack up and head to one of the full hook up RV places that also have other amenities like a laundromat, showers, maybe a pool and jacuzzi lol Depending on which place I stay I might spend 2 nights or even up to 4 nights. I found two Indian casino’s that let you stay for free if you have a players club card so those are my favourites. When I’m all stocked up with food and whatnot, laundry’s done, fresh water tanks are full and black water tank is empty I head back up into the wilderness for a few more weeks of free camping, solitude, and no noise or other people lol. And thats how I spend my time traveling around the Pacific Northwest. Of course some of that time I take my grandson with me and we have a blast all without video games or tv shows etc. He loves just spending time with me doing what he calls “bushcrafty” stuff lol I am truly blessed. Cheers

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