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Police arrest scofflaw who stole cigarettes, toilet paper, AA medallions

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police arrested a three-time convicted burglar early Friday morning after fielding calls of two businesses being burgled, police reports show.

Richard Myers Jr., of North Charleston, was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree burglary.

According to the police reports, officers responded to the Smoker Friendly store on Skylark Drive in West Ashley shortly before 4 a.m. Friday to find the plate glass front door of the building had been smashed. K-9 officers were brought in to track the suspect.

During an inspection of the business, officers found a few cartons of cigarettes lying on the floor behind the cash register, the report stated.

Surveillance videos show Myers enter the store carrying a large duffel bag and fill it with assorted cigarettes and cigars. Then he filled a small blue trash can with more tobacco products and left the store.

According to the report, the owner of the store checked the inventory and found that more than $500 of cigarettes and cigars were missing, including 3 Dutch Masters cigars, 4 cartons of Newport 100s, 4 cartons of Newport Kings and an individual pack of Camel Ultra Lights.

While police were processing the Smoker Friendly burglary scene, Myers allegedly hit another West Ashley business, the AA Club House on Evergreen Street, a report stated.

Police found a rear window busted and a back room safe tampered with. According to the report, club ownership found $720 missing from the safe.The owner also found several rolls of toilet paper, a box of garbage bags, a roll of paper towels, as well as $25 from a donation box were missing.

A dozen Alcoholics Anonymous medallions had also disappeared, the report stated. The medallions are given to recovering alcoholics for successful completion of the 12-step program.

Myers was spotted on White Oak drive, just yards away from the scene of the second robbery, the report stated. During a pat-down, officers found the 12 AA coins.

In the duffel bag, however, officers only found the three stolen cigars, one of the 4 missing cartons of Newport 100s, 2 cartons and 7 packs of the missing Newport Kings, and the single pack of Camel Ultra Lights, the report stated. 

The report did not mention the stolen toilet paper, garbage bags, or blue trash can.

Myers was booked and transported to the Charleston County Detention Center. Myers has a history of burglaries. In May he was convicted of two counts of burglary and a third in July.

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