Roommates apprehend suspect after waking up during burglary

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Three roommates were able to apprehend a burglary suspect who allegedly entered their home and stole several items Saturday morning.

According to Charleston police, 50-year-old Kenneth Jackson of Reed Street is in custody and charged with first degree burglary after victims say he entered their Woolfe Street home and stole cash and an ipod.

The first victim told police that he was woken up around 4:20 a.m. Saturday by the light on his cell phone. He then observed a man in his room. As the offender tried to leave, the victim told police that he tried to stop him and the two began to fight in the hallway, then moved into the kitchen and eventually ended up in the living room.

At that time, one of the victim's roommates entered the living room and helped apprehend the offender. A third roommate was also present. The three victims told police that they suspected the offender entered their home through an unlocked side door.

The first victim told police that he observed his silver ipod touch fall from the offender's pocket during the altercation. Police also recovered $40 in stolen money from the offender.

Jackson was arrested and charged with first degree burglary and transported to the Charleston County Detention Center.

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